HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 14° Octobris 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Norwich.
1. Lord BellSir Timothy John Leigh Bell, Knight, having been created Baron Bell, of Belgravia in the City of Westminster, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 31st July 1998, was introduced between the Lord Weinstock and the Baroness Thatcher, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Lord SawyerLawrence Sawyer Esquire (known as Tom Sawyer), having been created Baron Sawyer, of Darlington in the County of Durham, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 4th August 1998, was introduced between the Baroness Gould of Potternewton and the Lord Levy, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Hereditary Peerage (Election) The Queens answer to the Address of 5th October last was delivered by the Lord Chamberlain (Lord Camoys) and read, as follows:
I have received your Address and, relying on the wisdom of my Parliament, I desire that my prerogative and interest, insofar as they relate to the composition of the House of Lords, should not stand in the way of consideration by Parliament during the present session of any measure to amend the composition of the House of Lords by providing for the election to that House of holders of hereditary peerages from an electoral college consisting of peers and of certain other Lords, and for related purposes.
4. Pritchard (Respondent) v. Cook (Petitioner) and another (lodged 2nd July) The petition of Peter John Deverioux Cook praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
5. Society of Lloyds (Respondents) v. Pascoe and others (Petitioners) (lodged 28th August) The petition of John Frederick Richard Pascoe, Richard Micklethwait, Ruth Mary Micklethwait, John Steven Neiger, Graham John French and Sir Michael John Bryan Leighton praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
6. Regina v. Immigration Appellate Authority (Respondents) ex parte Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) and Cakabay (A.P.) (Petitioner) 6th October) The petition of Mahmut Cakabay praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
7. Appeal CommitteeThe report on the Clerk of the Parliaments reference regarding criminal legal aid taxation was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 145)
8. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. FinanceTreasury Minute on the 58th-60th and 62nd-67th reports of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee; (4069)
2. HealthSurrogacy: review for Health Ministers of current arrangements for payments and regulation; (4068)
(i) International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) code; (4063)
(ii) 1996 Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea; (4064)
9. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Judicial Pensions (Transfer Between Judicial Pension Schemes) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993; (2527)
2. Education (School Information) (England) Regulations 1998, laid under the Education Act 1996. (2526)
10. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Amendment to the Queens Regulations for the Royal Air Force in respect of retired pay and pensions, laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917.
Select Committee Report
11. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
32nd Report, on the following Bills:
Scotland Billfurther observations;
Competition Bill [HL] further observations. (HL Paper 146)
12. Hereditary Peerage (Election) Bill [HL] A bill to amend the composition of the House of Lords by providing for the election to that House of holders of hereditary peerages from an electoral college consisting of peers and of certain other Lords; and for connected purposes was presented by the Lord Pearson of Rannoch, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 156)
13. House of Lords reformIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that this House take note of Her Majestys Governments proposals for reform of the House of Lords, as set out in the Labour Party Manifesto; and a debate arising thereon, further debate was adjourned till tomorrow.
The House was adjourned at twenty-seven minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, three oclock.