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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 28° Julii 1998

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Chichester.

1. The Baroness Buscombe—Mrs Peta Jane Buscombe, having been created Baroness Buscombe, of Goring in the County of Oxfordshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 23rd July 1998, was introduced between the Baroness Seccombe and the Lord Parkinson, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2. The Lord Bach—William Stephen Goulden Bach Esquire, having been created Baron Bach, of Lutterworth in the County of Leicestershire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 27th July 1998, was introduced between the Lord Janner of Braunstone and the Lord Hattersley, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

3. Leave of Absence—It was ordered that leave of absence be granted to the Lord O’Hagan for the remainder of this Parliament.

Judicial Business

4. Barclays Bank Plc (Appellants) v. Boulter and Boulter (Respondent)— The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

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. Sport—Accounts for 1997(98:

      (i) English Sports Council and English Sports Council Group Consolidated;

      (ii) United Kingdom Sports Council;

    2. Northern Ireland—Summary Accounts for 1996(97 of the Health and Personal Social Services and the Northern Ireland Health Promotion Agency;    (4009)

    3. Armed Forces—Report of the Review Body on Armed Forces Pay on Service Medical and Dental Officers.    (3942)

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

    Draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1998.

7. Negative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Education (Individual Performance Information) (Identification of Individual Pupils) Regulations 1998, laid under the Education Act 1996.    (1834)

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

    1. Report and Accounts for 1997-98, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General:

    (i) Planning Inspectorate Executive Agency—

    (ii) Pesticides Safety Directorate—

    (iii) Meat Hygiene Service—

    (iv) Central Science Laboratory—

    (v) Veterinary Medicines Directorate—

    laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;

    2. Report and Accounts for 1997(98 of the Environment Agency, laid under the Environment Act 1995;

    3. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Registers of Scotland, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;

    4. Report for 1997-98 of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, laid under the Prison Act (Northern Ireland) 1953;

    5. Report for 1997(98 of the Public Works Loan Board, laid under the Public Works Loans Act 1875;

    6. Report and Accounts for 1997 of the Church Commissioners for England, laid under the Church Commissioners Measure 1947;

    7. Report for 1997(98 of the Wales Tourist Board, laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969;

    8. Report and Accounts for 1997(98 of the Coal Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Coal Industry Act 1994.

Select Committee Reports

9. Statutory Instruments—The 43rd Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instrument:

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

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 137)

10. European Communities—The following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

    The Reform of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund; (30th Report—HL Paper 138)

    Incorporating the Schengen Acquis into the European Union. (31st Report—HL Paper 139)

Public Business

11. City of Edinburgh (Guided Busways) Order Confirmation Bill—The bill was read a third time and passed.

12. Scotland Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was negatived; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); further amendments were agreed to; the question that a clause stand part of the bill was agreed to (see division list 2); the House was resumed.

13. Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.

14. Tamar Bridge Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.

15. Royal Assent—The Lord Speaker (Lord Chesham) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

Landmines Actc.33
Private Hire Vehicles (London) Actc.34
Northern Ireland (Sentences) Actc.35
City of Edinburgh (Guided Busways) Actc.iii
Tamar Bridge Actc.iv

16. Economic and fiscal strategy—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that this House approve the Government’s assessment as set out in the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1998 and Comprehensive Spending Review for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

17. 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; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 3); the House was resumed after clause 53 stood part.

18. Crime and Disorder Bill [HL]— The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments to which the Lords had disagreed to not insisted on.

19. National Minimum Wage Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with certain amendments agreed to with a consequential amendment to the bill and with the remaining amendments disagreed to with reasons for such disagreement; it was ordered that the Commons amendment and the reasons be printed. (HL Bill 150)

The House was adjourned at thirteen minutes past one o’clock

in the morning of Wednesday 29th July till later the same day,

half-past ten o’clock in the morning for judicial business,

half-past two o’clock in the afternoon for public business.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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