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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 20° Octobris 1998

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

1. Lord Clarke of Hampstead—Anthony James Clarke Esquire CBE, having been created Baron Clarke of Hampstead, of Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 29th August 1998, was introduced between the Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe and the Baroness Gould of Potternewton, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2. Lord Evans of Watford—David Charles Evans Esquire, having been created Baron Evans of Watford, of Chipperfield in the County of Hertfordshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 28th July 1998, was introduced between the Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde and the Lord Paul, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Papers

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

    Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990.      (2538)

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

    1. Accounts for 1996-97 of the Erskine Bridge, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Erskine Bridge Tolls Act 1968;

    2. Accounts for 1996-97 of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, the Certification Officer and the Central Arbitration Committee, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992;

    3. Accounts for 1997-98 of Additional Payments by Radio Programme Licensees to the Radio Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Broadcasting Act 1990;

    4. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Parole Board for England and Wales, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Criminal Justice Act 1991;

    5. European Parliamentary Elections (Day of By-election) (North East Scotland Constituency) Order 1998, laid under the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978;       (2522)

    6. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Services Board, laid under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990;

    7. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965;

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

    (i) National Maritime Museum—

    (ii) British Museum—

    laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992;

    9. Report and Accounts for 1996-97 of the Paymaster Agency, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.

Select Committee Report

5. Statutory Instruments—The 44th Report form the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 148)

Private Business

6. City of Westminster Bill [HL]— The bill was read a third time and passed and sent to the Commons.

Public Business

7. European Parliamentary Elections Bill—The bill was read a third time; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); further amendments were agreed to; then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

8. Competition Bill [HL]— The Commons amendments were considered; certain Commons amendments were agreed to; a motion that the House do disagree with a Commons amendment but do propose an amendment in lieu thereof was disagreed to (see division list 2); then the Commons amendment was agreed to; the remaining Commons amendments were agreed to; and the privilege amendment was agreed to.

9. Prison expenditure—The Earl of Longford asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they are continuing a policy of cutting expenditure in real terms per prisoner, and of cutting the total expenditure in real terms on the probation service and on prisoner education; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Williams of Mostyn.

The House was adjourned at twenty minutes past nine o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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