House of Lords Journal 232 (Session 1998-99)


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Tuesday 25 May 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.
Alanbrooke, V.
Alderdice, L.
Aldington, L.
Alexander of Tunis, E.
Allen of Abbeydale, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alli, L.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Amherst of Hackney, L.
Amos, B.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St. Johns, B.
Annaly, L.
Annan, L.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Archer of Weston-Super-Mare, L.
Arran, E.
Ashbourne, L.
Ashburton, L.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Astor, V.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Baldwin of Bewdley, E.
Banbury of Southam, L.
Barnett, L.
Bath, M.
Bathurst, E.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.

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Beaverbrook, L.
Belhaven and Stenton, L.
Bell, L.
Bellwin, L.
Belstead, L.
Berkeley, L.
Berners, B.
Bethell, L.
Biddulph, L.
Biffen, L.
Birkett, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blaker, L.
Blatch, B.
Blease, L.
Bledisloe, V.
Blyth, L.
Boardman, L.
Borrie, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Bowness, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Bragg, L.
Bramall, L.
Brentford, V.
Bridge of Harwich, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Bridges, L.
Brightman, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookeborough, V.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Bruntisfield, L.
Buchan, E.
Burlison, L.
Burnham, L.
Burns, L.
Buscombe, B.
Butterworth, L.
Byford, B.
Cadman, L.
Caithness, E.
Callaghan of Cardiff, L.
Calverley, L.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carew, L.
Carlisle, E.
Carnarvon, E.
Carnegy of Lour, B.
Carnock, L.
Carr of Hadley, L.
Carrick, E.
Carter, L.
Castle of Blackburn, B.
Chadlington, L.
Chalfont, L.
Chandos, V.
Charteris of Amisfield, L.
Chesham, L.
Chorley, L.
Christopher, L.
Clancarty, E.
Clanwilliam, E.
Clark of Kempston, L.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Cledwyn of Penrhos, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Clifford of Chudleigh, L.
Clinton, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Cobbold, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Coleraine, L.
Coleridge, L.
Colville of Culross, V.
Colwyn, L.
Constantine of Stanmore, L.
Cooke of Islandreagh, L.
Cooke of Thorndon, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Cowdrey of Tonbridge, L.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Cranborne, V.
Cranbrook, E.
Crathorne, L.
Crawley, B.
Crickhowell, L.
Cross, V.
Cuckney, L.
Cullen of Ashbourne, L.
Cumberlege, B.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
Dahrendorf, L.
Darcy de Knayth, B.
Dartmouth, E.
David, B.
Davidson, V.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
De Freyne, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Dearing, L.
Denbigh, E.
Denham, L.
Desai, L.
Devon, E.
Devonport, V.
Dholakia, L.
Diamond, L.
Dickinson, L.
Dilhorne, V.
Dixon, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Donegall, M.
Donoughue, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Downshire, M.
Drogheda, E.
Dubs, L.
Dudley, E.
Dundee, E.
Dundonald, E.
Dunleath, L.
Dunrossil, V.
Eames, L.
Eccles, V.
Eccles of Moulton, B.
Eden of Winton, L.
Effingham, E.
Ellenborough, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.
Enniskillen, E.
Erne, E.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Watford, L.
Ewing of Kirkford, L.
Exmouth, V.
Ezra, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Feldman, L.
Ferrers, E.
Fisher, L.
Fitt, L.
Flather, B.
Fookes, B.
Forteviot, L.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Freyberg, L.
Gainford, L.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Garel-Jones, L.
Geddes, L.
Geraint, L.
Gilbert, L.
Gilmour of Craigmillar, L.
Gisborough, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Gladwyn, L.
Glanusk, L.
Glenamara, L.
Glenarthur, L.
Glentoran, L.
Goodhart, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Goschen, V.
Goudie, B.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Grantchester, L.
Gray, L.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greenway, L.
Grenfell, L.
Grey, E.
Griffiths of Fforestfach, L.
Hacking, L.
Halsbury, E.
Hambro, L.
Hampton, L.
Hamwee, B.
Hankey, L.
Hanningfield, L.
Harding of Petherton, L.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harlech, L.
Harmar-Nicholls, L.
Harmsworth, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of Peckham, L.
Harrowby, E.
Haskel, L.
Hawke, L.
Hayhoe, L.

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Hayman, B.
Hayter, L.
Healey, L.
Henley, L.
Hereford, Bp.
Hesketh, L.
Higgins, L.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Holderness, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
HolmPatrick, L.
Home, E.
Hooper, B.
Hope of Craighead, L.
Hothfield, L.
Howe, E.
Howell of Guildford, L.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Kings Heath, L.
Hurd of Westwell, L.
Hutchinson of Lullington, L.
Hylton-Foster, B.
Ilchester, E.
Ironside, L.
Islwyn, L.
Iveagh, E.
Jacobs, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jauncey of Tullichettle, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jeffreys, L.
Jeger, B.
Jellicoe, E.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Jenkins of Hillhead, L.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Jopling, L.
Judd, L.
Kelvedon, L.
Kennedy of The Shaws, B.
Kennet, L.
Keyes, L.
Kilmarnock, L.
Kimball, L.
Kingsdown, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kinloss, Ly.
Kinnoull, E.
Kintore, E.
Kirkhill, L.
Kirkwood, L.
Kitchener, E.
Knollys, V.
Laing of Dunphail, L.
Lang of Monkton, L.
Lauderdale, E.
Lawrence, L.
Leathers, V.
Leigh, L.
Lester of Herne Hill, L.
Levy, L.
Lewis of Newnham, L.
Lindsay, E.
Lindsey and Abingdon, E.
Linklater of Butterstone, B.
Listowel, E.
Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, E.
Lockwood, B.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Long, V.
Longford, E.
Lovell-Davis, L.
Lucas, L.
Lucas of Chilworth, L.
Ludford, B.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
Macclesfield, E.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McConnell, L.
Macdonald of Tradeston, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
Mackay of Drumadoon, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
Mackie of Benshie, L.
Mackintosh of Halifax, V.
Macleod of Borve, B.
McNair, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mallalieu, B.
Mancroft, L.
Mar, C.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Massereene and Ferrard, V.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Merrivale, L.
Mersey, V.
Meston, L.
Middleton, L.
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Milverton, L.
Mishcon, L.
Molloy, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monckton of Brenchley, V.
Monk Bretton, L.
Monkswell, L.
Monro of Langholm, L.
Monson, L.
Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Montague of Oxford, L.
Montrose, D.
Moore of Wolvercote, 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.
Murton of Lindisfarne, L.
Napier and Ettrick, L.
Napier of Magdâla, L.
Naseby, L.
Nelson, E.
Nelson of Stafford, L.
Newall, L.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Nicholson of Winterbourne, B.
Nicol, B.
Noel-Buxton, L.
Norfolk, D.
Norrie, L.
Northbourne, L.
Northbrook, L.
Northesk, E.
Norton, L.
Norton of Louth, L.
Nunburnholme, L.
O’Neill of Bengarve, B.
O’Cathain, B.
Ogmore, L.
Onslow, E.
Onslow of Woking, L.
Oppenheim-Barnes, B.
Oxfuird, V.
Palmer, L.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Patel, L.
Patten, L.
Paul, L.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Pender, L.
Perry of Southwark, B.
Perry of Walton, L.
Peston, L.
Peyton of Yeovil, L.
Phillips of Sudbury, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Plant of Highfield, L.
Polwarth, L.
Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.
Prys-Davies, L.
Pym, L.
Quinton, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Rathcavan, L.
Rawlings, B.
Razzall, L.
Rea, L.
Reay, L.
Redesdale, L.
Rees, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, L.
Rennell, L.
Renton, L.
Renton of Mount Harry, L.
Renwick of Clifton, L.
Richard, L.
Richardson of Calow, B.
Ripon, Bp.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Rochester, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rogers of Riverside, L.
Roll of Ipsden, L.
Romney, E.
Rosslyn, E.

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Rotherwick, L.
Rowallan, L.
Runciman of Doxford, V.
Russell, E.
Ryder of Warsaw, B.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
Saatchi, L.
Sainsbury of Turville, L.
St. John of Bletso, L.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Saltoun of Abernethy, Ly.
Sandford, L.
Sandwich, E.
Savile, L.
Sawyer, L.
Scotland of Asthal, B.
Seccombe, B.
Sefton of Garston, L.
Selsdon, L.
Sempill, L.
Serota, B.
Sewel, L.
Shannon, E.
Sharp of Guildford, B.
Shaughnessy, L.
Shaw of Northstead, L.
Shepherd, L.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Simon of Highbury, L.
Skelmersdale, L.
Slim, V.
Slynn of Hadley, L.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Stallard, L.
Stanley of Alderley, L.
Stewartby, L.
Stodart of Leaston, L.
Stoddart of Swindon, L.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strafford, E.
Strange, B.
Strathcarron, L.
Strathclyde, L.
Sudeley, L.
Suffield, L.
Suffolk and Berkshire, E.
Swansea, L.
Swinfen, L.
Swinton, E.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Taylor of Gryfe, L.
Taylor of Warwick, L.
Temple of Stowe, E.
Tenby, V.
Teviot, L.
Teynham, L.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Gwydir, L.
Thomas of Swynnerton, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thornton, B.
Thurlow, L.
Thurso, V.
Tomlinson, L.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Torrington, V.
Trefgarne, L.
Trumpington, B.
Tryon, L.
Turner of Camden, B.
Uddin, B.
Ullswater, V.
Varley, L.
Vivian, L.
Waddington, L.
Wade of Chorlton, L.
Wakeham, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walpole, L.
Warner, L.
Warnock, B.
Watson of Invergowrie, L.
Waverley, V.
Weatherill, L.
Wedderburn of Charlton, L.
Westbury, L.
Wharton, B.
Whitty, L.
Wilberforce, L.
Williams of Crosby, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Williamson of Horton, L.
Willoughby de Broke, L.
Willoughby de Eresby, B.
Winchilsea and Nottingham, E.
Winston, L.
Wise, L.
Wolfson, L.
Woolton, E.
Young, B.
Young of Old Scone, B.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

Judicial Business

1.Scandecor Development AB (Appellants) v. Scandecor Marketing AB and others (Respondents) and one other action (England)—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 5th July next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 24th May).
2.Baxter (Appellant) v. Mayor etc of the London Borough of Camden (Respondents) (England)—It was ordered that the appellant be allowed to prosecute the appeal without giving the usual security for costs as required by Standing Order (lodged 24th May).
3.Regina v. West Dorset District Council (Respondents) ex parte Searle (A.P.) (Petitioner)—The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged.
4.Johnson (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Gore Wood & Co (a firm) (Respondents)—The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged.
5.Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 32nd Report:

Morgan and others (Respondents) v. Morris (A.P.) (Petitioner) and one other action—That the respondents’ costs be paid out of the Legal Aid Fund in accordance with section 18 of the Legal Aid Act 1988, such order to be suspended until 22nd June to enable the Legal Aid Board to object if they wish.

6.Appeal Committee—The 36th Report was made; the Appeal Committee reported that they had met and had heard Counsel; the Report was agreed to and the following Orders were made:

Regina v. West Dorset District Council (Respondents) ex parte Searle (A.P.) (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the costs of the petitioner be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1988; and that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in

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accordance with direction 5.1(c) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma (Petitioners) v. ASDA Stores Limited and others (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 8th June next.

Johnson (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Gore Wood & Co (a firm) (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 8th June next.

Papers

7.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Education (Governors’ Annual Reports) (Wales) Regulations 1999, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;
 (1406)
2.Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 (Addition of Qualifying Judicial Offices) Order 1999, laid under the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993.
 (1454)
8.Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Report for 1998 of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, laid under the Charities Act 1993;
2.Report for 1998 of the Insolvency Service, laid under the Insolvency Act 1986.

Select Committee Reports

9.Statutory Instruments—The 20th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Clinical Scientists Board) Order of Council 1999;
Draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Speech and Language Therapists Board) Order of Council 1999;
 Draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Paramedics Board) Order of Council 1999;
Draft International Copper Study Group (Legal Capacities) Order 1999;

it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 64)

10.House of Lords’ Offices—The 2nd Report from the Select Committee was made (see appendix); it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 65)

Public Business

11.House of Lords Bill—The House resolved itself into a Committee (on recommitment) upon the bill in respect of clause 2; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.
12.Dietary supplements—The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Department of Health are taking to preserve the public’s access to a full range of safe dietary supplements; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Hayman.
13.House of Lords Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee (on recommitment) upon the bill in respect of clause 2; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed and clause 2 was reported without amendment.

The House was adjourned at six minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.


DIVISION

HOUSE OF LORDS BILL

It was moved by the Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank, in Clause 2, page 1, line 8, to leave out (“Standing Orders of the House”) and insert (“in section (2) of this section”); which being objected to, the question was put thereupon, and the Committee divided:

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Not-Contents.............288

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CONTENTS

Addington, L.
Ailsa, M.
Avebury, L.
Bath, M.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Dahrendorf, L.
Dholakia, L. [Teller]
Ezra, L.
Falkland, V.
Geraint, L.
Goodhart, L.
Grey, E.
Hamwee, B.
Harding of Petherton, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
Hutchinson of Lullington, L.
Jacobs, L.
Jenkins of Hillhead, L.
Kirkwood, L.
Lester of Herne Hill, L
Linklater of Butterstone, B..
Ludford, B.
Mackie of Benshie, L.
McNair, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Meston, L.
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.
Monckton of Brenchley, V.
Newby, L. [Teller]
Nicholson of Winterbourne, B.
Perry of Walton, L.
Razzall, L.
Redesdale, L.
Rochester, L.
Rogers of Quarry Bank, L.
Russell, E.
Sharp of Guildford, B.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Thomas of Swynnerton, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thurso, V.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Williams of Crosby, B.

NOT-CONTENTS

Aberdare, L.
Ackner, L.
Acton, L.
Ahmed, L.
Allen of Abbeydale, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alli, L.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Amherst of Hackney, L.
Amos, B.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St. Johns, B.
Annan, L.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Bach, L.
Baldwin of Bewdley, E.
Banbury of Southam, L.
Bell, L.
Belstead, L.
Berkeley, L.
Berners, B.
Biffen, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blatch, B.
Blease, L.
Bledisloe, V.
Boardman, L.
Borrie, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Bragg, L.
Brentford, V.
Bridge of Harwich, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Bridges, L.
Brightman, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookeborough, V.
Brookman, L.
Broughman and Vaux, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Buchan, E.
Burlison, L.
Burnham, L.
Butterworth, L.
Callaghan of Cardiff, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carew, L.
Carnarvon, E.
Carnegy of Lour, B.
Carnock, L.
Carter, L. [Teller]
Castle of Blackburn, B.
Chadlington, L.
Chalfont, L.
Charteris of Amisfield, L.
Chorley, L.
Christopher, L.
Clanwilliam, E.
Clark of Kempston, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Cobbold, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Coleridge, L.
Colwyn, L.
Cooke of Islandreagh, L.
Cooke of Thorndon, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Cox, B.
Cranborne, V.
Crawley, B.
Crickhowell, L.
Cross, V.
Cuckney, L.
Cullen of Ashbourne, L.
Davies of Coity, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Denham, L.
Diamond, L.
Dilhorne, V.
Dixon, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Donoughue, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Downshire, M.
Dubs, L.
Dudley, E.
Dundonald, E.
Dunleath, L.
Elles, B.
Elton, L.
Erne, E.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Watford, L.
Ewing of Kirkford, L.
Exmouth, V.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Ferrers, E.
Fookes, B.
Forteviot, L.
Frazer of Carmyllie, L.
Gainford, L
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Geddes, L.
Gisborough, L.
Gladwyn, L.
Glanusk, L.
Glenamara, L.
Glenarthur, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Goudie, B.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Gray of Contin, L.
Grenfell, L.
Hacking, L.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harmar-Nicholls, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Haskel, L.
Hawke, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Hayman, B.
Hayter, L.
Henley, L. [Teller]
Hereford, Bp.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Holderness, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Hothfield, L.
Howe, E.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hughes, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Kings Heath, L.
Hylton-Foster, B.
Ilchester, E.
Irvine of Lairg, L.
(Lord Chancellor)
Islwyn, L.
Iveagh, E.

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Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jauncey of Tullichettle, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
(Lord Privy Seal)
Jeger, B.
Jellicoe, E.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Kelvedon, L.
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APPENDIX

Second Report from the Select Committee
on the House of Lords’ Offices

Tuesday 25th May 1999

By the Select Committee appointed to consider the House of Lords’ Offices

Ordered to Report—

The Committee have met and been attended by the Clerk of the Parliaments and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.

1. Record Copies of Acts

The Committee recommends that the record copies of Acts of Parliament, kept in the House of Lords Record Office, should be printed on archival paper instead of vellum, with effect from the first Act of the year 2000. With the agreement of the Master of the Rolls and the Keeper of the Public Records, the production of the second record copy of each Act for the Public Record Office should cease.

When the Parliament Rolls of Acts of Parliament were discontinued in 1849, it was resolved by both Houses that two copies of every Act, whether Public or Private, should be printed on vellum, one to be stored in the Record Tower (now the House of Lords Record Office) and the other with the Master of the Rolls (now the

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Public Record Office). The former copy is authenticated by the Clerk of the Parliaments as the official authority for the published text of an Act. In 1956 vellum was replaced by archival paper for Private Acts. The increasing scarcity and expense of vellum and the printing constraints which it imposes have now led to the proposal that Public Acts should be similarly treated.

On the advice of conservation experts at the British Library, archival paper has been identified with a proven life expectancy of 250 years and a probable life expectancy exceeding 500 years in good archival conditions. It is superior to vellum for print quality, is less bulky, and avoids the use of animal products. The value of the potential saving is about £30,000 a year.

Resolutions of both Houses would be needed to give effect to this recommendation. The Committee has been informed that a comparable recommendation is being made by the Administration Committee of the House of Commons.

2. Smoking in the House of Lords

Following the Report of the Informal Group on Smoking (copies of which are available in the Printed Paper Office and the Library of the House), the Committee makes the following recommendations:

(i) Smoking should be banned in lavatories and telephone kiosks;

(ii) Smoking should be banned in Committee rooms, unless, at a private meeting of a Committee, that Committee specially gives permission at the time.

3. Lords Reimbursement Allowances

The Committee was informed that from 1st April 1999 the motor mileage allowance had been increased by 1.1 pence to 51.2 pence for the first 20,000 miles for the period to 31st March 2000. Further mileage in this period would be payable at the rate of 23.6 pence per mile.

The Committee was further informed that from 1st April 1999 the bicycle allowance had been increased by 0.1 pence to 6.5 pence per mile.

4. House of Lords Families Room

The Committee welcomes the provision of a room for the use of immediate family members of Peers. The Room is not intended to be used as a work or meeting room. It is to be a no smoking area.