HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 21° Octobris 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
1. Lord ChristopherAnthony Martin Grosvenor Christopher Esquire OBE, having been created Baron Christopher, of Leckhampton in the County of Gloucestershire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 30th July 1998, was introduced between the Lord Murray of Epping Forest and the Lord Merlyn-Rees, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Her Majestys Attorney General (Respondent) v. Blake (Petitioner) and anotherThe petition of George Blake praying for leave to present an appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order I has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Office (Respondent) ex parte Rajaratnam (Appellant) (England) The appeal of Krishnan Rajaratnam was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 2nd December next.
4. In re B (a minor) (A.P.) (Appellant) (England) The appeal of the minor was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 2nd December next.
5. B (by his mother and next friend) (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
6. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Commercial DebtsExchange of notes between the United Kingdom and Guinea concerning certain commercial debts; (4077)
2. Double TaxationConvention between the United Kingdom and Argentina for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion; (4072)
3. Northern IrelandElections Review: Report on Administering Elections in Northern Ireland; (4081)
4. MillenniumGovernment Response to the Report of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Not only the Dome: The Millennium Celebrations in the United Kingdom; (4087)
5. Intelligence ServicesReport for 1997-98 of the Intelligence and Security Committee. (4073)
7. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations 1998.
8. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Accounts for 1997-98 of the National Lottery Charities Board, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;
2. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Pensions Compensation Board, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Pensions Act 1995.
9. Northern Ireland BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; the question that a clause stand part of the bill was negatived; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed.
10. Smoking in public placesThe Lord Janner of Braunstone asked Her Majestys Government what plans they have to ban or restrict smoking in restaurants, other eating places and other public places; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.
11. Northern Ireland BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed after clause 57 stood part.
The House was adjourned at ten oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business, three oclock for public business.