HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 28° Octobris 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Oxford.
1. Lord BraggMelvyn Bragg Esquire, having been created Baron Bragg, of Wigton in the County of Cumbria, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 4th August 1998, was introduced between the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington) and the Baroness Castle of Blackburn, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.
2. AffirmationJames Francis Lord Lindsay of Birker made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.
3. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November.
4. London Borough of Southwark (Respondents) and another v. Tanner and others (A.P.) (Appellants) (England) The appeal of Tracey Tanner, Linda Cotterill, Lorella Giraudo, Sandra Wheatley, Mark Forbes, Lisa Ross, Francis Lewis and Nadine Sutar was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 9th December next. The appellants legal aid certificates were lodged.
5. Vehicle Inspectorate (Respondents) v. Bruce Cook Road Planing Limited and another (Appellants) (England) The appeal of Bruce Road Planing Limited was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 9th December next.
6. In re Ellis (Appellant) (application for a writ of Habeas Corpus) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queens Bench DivisionThe appeal of Edwin Charles Ellis was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.
7. National Westminster Bank plc (Respondents) v. Gill and Gill (A.P.) (Petitioner) (lodged 15th September) The petition of Marie Irene Gill praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
8. Citoh & Co Limited and others (Respondents) and others v. Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda) Limited (Petitioners) and one other petitionThe petition of the Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda) Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
9. W 1-6 (A.P.) (Cross-petitioners) v. Essex County Council and another (Cross-respondents) The petition of W 1-6 praying for leave to cross-appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order VII has expired, was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
10. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. DebtExchange of notes between the United Kingdom and Senegal amending the United Kingdom/Senegal Debt Agreement No. 11 (1995); (4096)
2. European CommunitiesEconomic partnership, political coordination and cooperation agreement between the European Community and its member states and Mexico, together with an explanatory memorandum; (4097)
3. WelfareA New Contract for Welfare: Government proposals:
(i) Principles into Practice; (4101)
(ii) The Gateway to Work; (4102)
(iii) Support for Disabled People; (4103)
4. Fire ServicesReport for 1997-98 of Her Majestys Chief Inspector of Fire Services for England and Wales; (4085)
5. Intelligence ServicesGovernment Response to the Report for 1997-98 of the Intelligence and Security Committee. (4089)
11. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Rugby Borough Council) Order 1998, laid under the Local Government Act 1988; (2616)
2. Magistrates Courts Committees (Dyfed and Powys) Amalgamation Order 1998, laid under the Justices of the Peace Act 1997. (2664)
12. 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 Millennium Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;
2. Report on research and development work on equipment for disabled people in 1995 and 1996, laid under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970;
3. Report for 1997-98 of the Scottish Law Commission, laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965;
4. Report for 1997-98 of the Parole Board, laid under the Criminal Justice Act 1991.
Select Committee Report
13. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
33rd Report, on the following Bills:
Hereditary Peerage (Election) Bill [HL];
Human Rights Bill [HL] further observations;
Northern Ireland Billfurther observations. (HL Paper 150)
14. European Parliamentary Elections BillThe bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments disagreed to, with reasons for such disagreement; the Commons reasons were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 159)
15. Scotland BillThe bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further consideration on report was adjourned.
16. Regulation of utilitiesThe Lord Borrie asked Her Majestys Government what plans they have to modernise the regulation of the utility industries so as to provide a fair deal for consumers in general and vulnerable consumers in particular; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
17. Scotland BillThe bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1 to 5); amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further consideration on report was adjourned after amendment 173B.
The House was adjourned at seventeen minutes past one oclock
in the morning of Thursday 29th October till later the same day,
two oclock for judicial business, three oclock for public business.