House of Lords Journal 232 (Session 1998-99)


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Monday 15 February 1999

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

The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:

Irvine of Lairg, L.
(Lord Chancellor)

Aberdare, L.
Ackner, L.
Acton, L.
Addington, L.
Addison, V.
Ahmed, L.
Ailesbury, M.
Ailsa, M.
Alexander of Weedon, L.
Alli, L.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Amos, B.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St. Johns, B.
Annaly, L.
Annan, L.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Archer of Weston-Super-Mare, L.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Astor, V.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Baker of Dorking, L.
Balfour of Inchrye, L.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Belhaven and Stenton, L.
Beloff, L.
Belstead, L.
Berkeley, L.
Berners, B.
Biddulph, L.
Biffen, L.
Bingham of Cornhill, L.
Birdwood, L.
Blackburn, Bp.
Blatch, B.
Blease, L.
Blyth, L.
Boardman, L.
Borrie, L.
Bowness, L.
Bragg, L.
Brain, L.
Brentford, V.
Bridgeman, V.
Brightman, L.
Bristol, Bp.
Broadbridge, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Bruntisfield, L.
Burlison, L.
Burnham, L.
Burns, L.
Buscombe, B.
Butterworth, L.
Cadman, L.
Caithness, E.
Calverley, L.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Canterbury, Abp.
Carew, L.
Carlisle of Bucklow, L.
Carnegy of Lour, B.
Carrick, E.
Carter, L.
Chalfont, L.
Chalker of Wallasey, B.
Charteris of Amisfield, L.
Chesham, L.
Chorley, L.
Christopher, L.
Clancarty, E.
Clanwilliam, E.
Clark of Kempston, L.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Clwyd, L.
Clyde, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Colville of Culross, V.
Colwyn, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Cowdrey of Tonbridge, L.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Craigmyle, L.
Cranborne, V.
Crathorne, L.
Crawley, B.
Cromartie, E.
Cullen of Ashbourne, L.
David, B.
Davidson, V.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
De Ramsey, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Denbigh, E.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dilhorne, V.
Dixon, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Drogheda, E.
Dundee, E.
Eatwell, L.
Elibank, L.
Elis-Thomas, L.
Ellenborough, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Ely, Bp.
Erne, E.
Erroll, E.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Watford, L.
Exmouth, V.
Ezra, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Fitt, L.
Flather, B.
Fookes, B.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Freeman, L.
Freyberg, L.
Gallacher, L.
Gardner of Parkes, B.

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Geddes, L.
Geraint, L.
Gladwyn, L.
Glanusk, L.
Glentoran, L.
Goodhart, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greenway, L.
Grenfell, L.
Grey, E.
Hacking, L.
Halsbury, E.
Hamwee, B.
Hankey, L.
Hanningfield, L.
Harding of Petherton, L.
Hardinge of Penshurst, L.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of High Cross, L.
Haskel, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Henley, L.
Higgins, L.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Holderness, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
HolmPatrick, L.
Hooper, B.
Hooson, L.
Hope of Craighead, L.
Hothfield, L.
Howe, E.
Howell of Guildford, L.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Huntingdon, E.
Hylton, L.
Hylton-Foster, B.
Inglewood, L.
Ironside, L.
Islwyn, L.
Iveagh, E.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jellicoe, E.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Jopling, L.
Judd, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kinloss, Ly.
Kinnoull, E.
Kirkhill, L.
Knollys, V.
Laming, L.
Lang of Monkton, L.
Lauderdale, E.
Lawrence, L.
Lawson of Blaby, L.
Layton, L.
Leathers, V.
Leigh, L.
Lester of Herne Hill, L.
Lincoln, Bp.
Listowel, E.
Liverpool, E.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Long, V.
Longford, E.
Lucas, L.
Ludford, B.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
Macdonald of Tradeston, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
McNair, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mar, C.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Mason of Barnsley, L.
Massereene and Ferrard, V.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Mersey, V.
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Milverton, L.
Molloy, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monkswell, L.
Monro of Langholm, L.
Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Montague of Oxford, L.
Montrose, D.
Moran, L.
Morris, L.
Morris of Castle Morris, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Mountevans, L.
Mowbray and Stourton, L.
Moyne, L.
Moynihan, L.
Munster, E.
Murray of Epping Forest, L.
Napier and Ettrick, L.
Naseby, L.
Nelson, E.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Noel-Buxton, L.
Norrie, L.
Northbourne, L.
Northesk, E.
Norton, L.
Nunburnholme, L.
O’Cathain, B.
Onslow of Woking, L.
Orme, L.
Oxford, Bp.
Oxfuird, V.
Palmer, L.
Paul, L.
Pender, L.
Perry of Walton, L.
Perth, E.
Peston, L.
Peyton of Yeovil, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Plant of Highfield, L.
Plumb, L.
Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.
Porter of Luddenham, L.
Prys-Davies, L.
Puttnam, L.
Quirk, L.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Rankeillour, L.
Rathcavan, L.
Rawlings, B.
Rawlinson of Ewell, L.
Razzall, L.
Rea, L.
Redesdale, L.
Rees, L.
Renton, L.
Renwick, L.
Richard, L.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rowallan, L.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
Saatchi, L.
St. Davids, V.
St. John of Bletso, L.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Sawyer, L.
Scotland of Asthal, B.
Seccombe, B.
Sefton of Garston, L.
Sewel, L.
Shannon, E.
Shaughnessy, L.
Shepherd, L.
Sheppard of Liverpool, L.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Skelmersdale, L.
Skidelsky, L.
Slim, V.
Slynn of Hadley, L.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Southwark, Bp.
Spens, L.
Stair, E.
Stallard, L.
Steel of Aikwood, L.
Stewartby, L.
Stoddart of Swindon, L.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strange, B.
Strathcarron, L.
Sudeley, L.
Swansea, L.
Swinfen, L.
Swinton, E.
Taverne, L.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Taylor of Gryfe, L.
Tebbit, L.

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Tenby, V.
Teviot, L.
Teynham, L.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Macclesfield, L.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Trefgarne, L.
Trenchard, V.
Trumpington, B.
Turner of Camden, B.
Uddin, B.
Ullswater, V.
Vivian, L.
Waddington, L.
Wade of Chorlton, L.
Wakeham, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walton of Detchant, L.
Warner, L.
Warnock, B.
Waverley, V.
Weatherill, L.
Westbury, L.
Whitty, L.
Wigoder, L.
Wilberforce, L.
Wilcox, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Winchester, Bp.
Winchilsea and Nottingham, E.
Wise, L.
Wright of Richmond, L.
Young of Old Scone, B.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

Judicial Business

1.Union Bank of Finland (Respondents) v. Lelakis (Petitioner)—Upon application by the petitioner (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn.

Papers

2.Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on 12th February, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Headquarters Agreements—Exchange of Notes amending the Headquarters Agreements between the United Kingdom and—
(i)the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation;(4224)
(ii)INTELSAT;(4198)
(iii)CAB International (previously known as the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux);(4222)
(iv)the Commonwealth Foundation;(4223)
(v)the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts;(4225)
(vi)the International Cocoa Organization;(4226)
(vii)the International Coffee Organization;(4227)
(viii)the International Grains Council (previously known as the International Wheat Council;(4228)
(ix)the International Lead and Zinc Study Group;(4229)
(x)the International Mobile Satellite Organization (previously known as the International Maritime Satellite Organization);(4231)
(xi)the International Rubber Study Group;(4232)
(xii)the International Sugar Organization;(4233)
(xiii)the International Whaling Commission;(4234)
(xiv)the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund 1992;(4237)
(xv)the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund;(4236)
(xvi)the International Maritime Organization (previously known as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization);(4230)
 together with explanatory memoranda;
2.Marine Pollution—Exchange of Notes amending the Agreement relating to the Commissions established by the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft 1972 and the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources 1974.
 (4235)
3.Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999;
2.Draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 1999.
4.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (Wales) Regulations 1999, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992;
 (296)
2.National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;
 (326)

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3.Employer’s Contributions Re-imbursement Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the Jobseekers Act 1995;
 (286)
4.Self-Governing Schools (Publication of Proposals for Discontinuance) (Scotland) Regulations 1999, laid under the Self-Governing Schools etc. (Scotland) Act 1989;
 (337)
5.Draft National Savings Bank (Investment Deposits) (Limits) (Amendment) Order 1999, laid under the National Savings Bank Act 1971;
 (—)
6. (i)Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment) Regulations 1999—(346)
(ii)Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Regulations 1999—(345)
 laid under the Legal Aid Act 1988.
5.Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Accounts for 1997–98 of the Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks) Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks) Act 1952;
2.Consultation Report on the NHS Estates Trading Fund Order, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.

Public Business

6.Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed for a statement; 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; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 20)
7.Development Commission (Transfer of Functions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the draft Order laid before the House on 27th January be approved; the motion was agreed to.
8.Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Finance) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Sewel that the draft Order laid before the House on 4th February be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
9.Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Sewel that the draft Order laid before the House on 21st January be approved; the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at eight o’clock
till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.