House of Lords Journal 232 (Session 1998-99)


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Monday 12 April 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.
Ailesbury, M.
Ailsa, M.
Aldington, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alli, L.
Amos, B.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St. Johns, B.
Annaly, L.
Annan, L.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Astor, V.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Berkeley, L.
Biffen, L.
Birdwood, L.
Birmingham, Bp.
Blatch, B.
Blease, L.
Blyth, L.
Boardman, L.
Borrie, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Bowness, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Brentford, V.
Bridgeman, V.
Brightman, L.
Broadbridge, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Bruntisfield, L.
Buckinghamshire, E.
Burlison, L.
Burnham, L.
Burns, L.
Buscombe, B.
Butterworth, L.
Byford, B.
Cadman, L.
Caithness, E.
Calverley, L.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carew, L.
Carlisle, E.
Carnarvon, E.
Carnegy of Lour, B.
Carter, L.
Chadlington, L.
Chalfont, L.
Chalker of Wallasey, B.
Charteris of Amisfield, L.
Chelmsford, V.
Chesham, L.
Christopher, L.
Clancarty, E.
Clanwilliam, E.
Clark of Kempston, L.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Cledwyn of Penrhos, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Clinton, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Cobbold, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Colwyn, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Cowdrey of Tonbridge, L.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Craigmyle, L.
Cranborne, V.
Crathorne, L.
Crawley, B.
Crickhowell, L.
Cross, V.
Cuckney, L.
Cumberlege, B.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
Dahrendorf, L.
Darcy de Knayth, B.
David, B.
Davidson, V.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Denham, L.
Denton of Wakefield, B.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Eccles of Moulton, B.
Eden of Winton, L.
Effingham, E.
Ellenborough, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.

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Erne, E.
Erroll, E.
Exmouth, V.
Ezra, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Feldman, L.
Ferrers, E.
Fitt, L.
Fookes, B.
Freeman, L.
Freyberg, L.
Gainford, L.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Garel-Jones, L.
Geddes, L.
Geraint, L.
Gilbert, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Glanusk, L.
Goodhart, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greenway, L.
Grenfell, L.
Grey, E.
Halsbury, E.
Hamwee, B.
Hankey, L.
Hanningfield, L.
Harding of Petherton, L.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harrowby, E.
Haskel, L.
Hemphill, L.
Henley, L.
Higgins, L.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hogg, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Holderness, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
Hooper, B.
Hooson, L.
Hope of Craighead, L.
Howe, E.
Howell of Guildford, L.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Tanworth, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Hurd of Westwell, L.
Hussey of North Bradley, L.
Hylton-Foster, B.
Ironside, L.
Islwyn, L.
Iveagh, E.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jeffreys, L.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Jopling, L.
Judd, L.
Kennedy of The Shaws, B.
Kennet, L.
Kimball, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kinloss, Ly.
Kinnoull, E.
Kirkhill, L.
Kitchener, E.
Knight of Collingtree, B.
Knollys, V.
Laming, L.
Lamont of Lerwick, L.
Lauderdale, E.
Lawrence, L.
Lawson of Blaby, L.
Layton, L.
Leathers, V.
Leigh, L.
Lester of Herne Hill, L.
Listowel, E.
Liverpool, E.
Lockwood, B.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Long, V.
Longford, E.
Lucas, L.
Lucas of Chilworth, L.
Ludford, B.
Luke, L.
McCluskey, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McConnell, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
MacLaurin of Knebworth, L.
McNair, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mancroft, L.
Mar, C.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Mason of Barnsley, L.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Molloy, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monkswell, L.
Monro of Langholm, L.
Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Montague of Oxford, L.
Monteagle of Brandon, 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.
Murton of Lindisfarne, L.
Napier and Ettrick, L.
Naseby, L.
Nelson, E.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Nicholson of Winterbourne, B.
Noel-Buxton, L.
Norrie, L.
Northesk, E.
Norton, L.
Norwich, Bp.
Nunburnholme, L.
Oppenheim-Barnes, B.
Orme, L.
Oxfuird, V.
Palmer, L.
Patel, L.
Patten, L.
Paul, L.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Pender, L.
Perry of Walton, L.
Perth, E.
Peston, L.
Peyton of Yeovil, L.
Phillips of Sudbury, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Plant of Highfield, L.
Plummer of St. Marylebone, L.
Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.
Prys-Davies, L.
Puttnam, L.
Quinton, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Rawlings, B.
Razzall, L.
Reay, L.
Rees, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Rennell, L.
Renton, L.
Renton of Mount Harry, L.
Renwick, L.
Richard, L.
Rix, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Roll of Ipsden, L.
Rotherwick, L.
Rowallan, L.
Russell-Johnston, L.
Ryder of Warsaw, B.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
Sainsbury of Turville, L.
St. Davids, V.
St. John of Bletso, L.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Saltoun of Abernethy, Ly.
Sandwich, E.
Savile, L.
Sawyer, L.
Scotland of Asthal, B.
Seccombe, B.
Sefton of Garston, L.
Shannon, E.
Sharples, B.
Shaughnessy, L.

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Shaw of Northstead, L.
Shepherd, L.
Sheppard of Liverpool, L.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Skelmersdale, L.
Skidelsky, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Stallard, L.
Stewartby, L.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strange, B.
Strathcarron, L.
Strathclyde, L.
Sudeley, L.
Suffolk and Berkshire, E.
Swansea, L.
Swinfen, L.
Swinton, E.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Taverne, L.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Taylor of Gryfe, L.
Teviot, L.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thornton, B.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Torrington, V.
Trefgarne, L.
Trenchard, V.
Trumpington, B.
Tryon, L.
Tugendhat, L.
Turner of Camden, B.
Tweeddale, M.
Uddin, B.
Ullswater, V.
Vivian, L.
Wakeham, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Watson of Invergowrie, L.
Waverley, V.
Weatherill, L.
Westbury, L.
Whitty, L.
Wilberforce, L.
Wilcox, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Wilson of Tillyorn, L.
Winchilsea and Nottingham, E.
Windlesham, L.
Wise, L.
Young, B.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.

1.Leave of Absence—Leave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Wednesday 14th April.

Judicial Business

2.Scandecor Development AB (Appellants) v. Scandecor Marketing AB and others (Respondents) and one other action (England)—The appeal of Scandecor Development AB and Panther & Scandecor Limited was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 24th May next (lodged 31st March).
3.O’Loughlin (Respondent) v. Chief Constable of Essex (Appellant) (England)—The appeal of the Chief Constable of Essex was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 24th May next.
4.Surzur Overseas Limited (Respondents) v. Koros and others (Petitioners)—The petition of Estathios Topouzoglou, Constantinos Emmanuel and Evangelos Emmanuel praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 24th March).
5.Anderton (A.P.) (by her mother and next friend) (Petitioner) v. Clwyd County Council (Respondents)—The petition of Rhiannon Anderton praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged (lodged 31st March).
6.Wu­rttembergische Aktiengesellschaft Versicherungs-Beteiligungsgesellchaft (formerly Wu­rttembergische Feuerversicherung AG) and another (Petitioners) v. Home Insurance Company (Respondents)—The petition of Wu­rttembergische Aktiengesellschaft Versicherungs-Beteiligungsgesellchaft and Wu­rttembergische Versicherung AG praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 8th April).
7.Regina v. The Family Health Services Appeal Authority and Boots the Chemists (Respondents) ex parte E Moss Limited (Petitioner)—The petition of E Moss Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
8.Paragon Finance plc (formerly known as National Home Loans plc) and others (Respondents) v. Freshfields (a Firm) (Petitioners)—The petition of Freshfields (a Firm) praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
9.Regina v. Ghadami (Petitioner)—The petition of Mohammed Reza Ghadami, praying for an extension of time within which the petition may be lodged and for leave to appeal in accordance with the Criminal Appeal Act 1968, was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
10.Head and others (A.P.) (Appellants) (formerly Docker and others (A.P.) (Appellants) v. Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police (Respondent)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
11.White (Appellant) v. White (Respondent) (First Appeal)—

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12.White (Appellant) v. White (Respondent) (Second Appeal)—

The petition of the appellants praying that the appeals be conjoined, that they be allowed to lodge separate statements, cases and one appendix in respect of the two appeals and that the respondents have leave to lodge separate cases in respect of the two appeals and be separately represented (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

13.White (Appellant) v. White (Respondent) (First Appeal)—
14.White (Appellant) v. White (Respondent) (Second Appeal)—

(Conjoined Appeals)—

The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 27th May next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

15.Goodes (A.P.) (Respondent) v. East Sussex County Council (Appellants)—The respondent’s legal aid certificate was lodged.
16.Birmingham City Council (Petitioners) v. Oakley (A.P.) (Respondent)—The respondent’s legal aid certificate was lodged.

Papers

17.Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Treaty Series—Fourth supplementary list of ratifications, accessions, withdrawals, etc. for 1998; (7th April)
 (4297)
2.Air Services—Agreement between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka concerning air services; (9th April)
 (4319)
3.Monopolies and Mergers Commission—Report on the proposed merger between British Sky Broadcasting PLC and Manchester United PLC. (9th April)
 (4305)
18.Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 68)—The following instruments, having been laid before the House on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:

Negative instruments

(i) St Mary’s Music School (Aided Places) Amendment Regulations 1999—10601st April
(ii) Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999—10591st April
laid under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980;
Right to Time Off for Study or Training (Scotland) Regulations 1999, laid under the Employment Rights Act 1996;10581st April
National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;10571st April
A720 (Edinburgh City Bypass) Special Road (Prohibition of Traffic on Hard Shoulders) Regulations 1999, laid under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984;10611st April
School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (Admission and Standard Numbers) (Modification) Regulations 1999, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;10641st April
Registered Housing Associations (Accounting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 1999, laid under the Housing Associations Act 1985;10736th April
(i) Police (Conduct) (Senior Officers) (Scotland) Regulations 1999—10746th April
(ii) Police (Conduct) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999—10726th April
laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967;

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Education (Induction Arrangements for School Teachers) (England) Regulations 1999, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998;10656th April
Education (Information as to Provision of Education) (England) Regulations 1999, laid under the Education Act 1996;10666th April
Education (Lower Primary Class Sizes) (Scotland) Regulations 1999, laid under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980;10807th April
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule 9) Order 1999, laid under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981;10027th April
Council Tax (Reductions for Disabilities) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992;10047th April
Plant Breeders’ Rights (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Plant Varieties Act 1997;10898th April
Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964;10908th April
National Assembly for Wales (Assembly Members) (Salaries) (Limitation) Order 1999, laid under the Government of Wales Act 1998;10838th April
(i) Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999—11029th April
(ii) Bovines and Bovine Products (Trade) Regulations 1999—11039th April
laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Local Government Act 1972;10879th April
Local Authorities (Direct Labour Organisations) (Competition) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980;10849th April
(i) Patents (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 1999—10939th April
(ii) Patents (Amendment) Rules 1999—10929th April
laid under the Patents Act 1977.
19.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of East Sussex) (Borough of Hastings) Order 1999, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991;
 (1112)
2.Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
 (1109)
3.Civil Legal Aid (General) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Legal Aid Act 1988;
 (1113)
4. (i)Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Salaries and Allowances) Order 1999—(1097)
(ii)Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Administration of the Parliament) Order 1999—(1098)
(iii)Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Statutory Instruments) Order 1999—(1096)
(iv)Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme) Order 1999—(1082)
(v)Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Standing Orders and Parliamentary Publications) Order 1999—(1095)
(vi)Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Grants to Members and Officeholders) Order 1999—(1081)
 laid under the Scotland Act 1998;
5.District Salmon Fishery Boards Order 1999, laid under the Salmon Act 1986.
 (1111)

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20.Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health in respect of temporary borrowing by:
(i)Hastings & Rother National Health Service Trust from Lloyds Bank plc—
(ii)Norfolk Mental Health Care National Health Service Trust from Barclays Bank plc—
(iii)Local Health Partnerships National Health Service Trust from Barclays Bank plc—
(iv)Scunthorpe Community Health National Health Service Trust from Barclays Bank plc—
(v)Essex Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust from Barclays Bank plc, with effect from 30th March—
(vi)Essex Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust from Barclays Bank plc, with effect from 1st April—
(vii)Avon & Western Wiltshire Mental Health Care National Health Service Trust from National Westminster Bank plc—
 laid under the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990;
2.Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (No. 2) Order 1998 Partial Revocation (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.
 (1067)
21.Instrument coming into operation before being laid—The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that he had received, under the proviso to section 4(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946, notification that the following instrument had come into operation before being laid before Parliament, with an explanation thereof; the notification and explanation were ordered to lie on the Table:

Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (No. 2) Order 1998 Partial Revocation (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.

Public Business

22.Tax Credits Bill—It was moved by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
23.Local Government Bill—It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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