House of Lords Journal 232 (Session 1998-99)


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Friday 23 July 1999

The House met at eleven o’clock.

The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:

Irvine of Lairg, L.
(Lord Chancellor)

Ackner, L.
Addington, L.
Ahmed, L.
Ailsa, M.
Alexander of Tunis, E.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Amos, B.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St. Johns, B.
Annaly, L.
Archer of Weston-Super-Mare, L.
Avebury, L.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Belhaven and Stenton, L.
Biddulph, L.
Biffen, L.
Blatch, B.
Blyth, L.
Boardman, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Brightman, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Burlison, L.
Burns, L.
Cadman, L.
Caithness, E.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Carew, L.
Carlisle, E.
Chadlington, L.
Chalfont, L.
Clancarty, E.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Cledwyn of Penrhos, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Clwyd, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Colwyn, L.
Cooke of Islandreagh, L.
Cooke of Thorndon, L.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Crawley, B.
Davidson, V.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Denham, L.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Eatwell, L.
Eccles, V.
Effingham, E.
Elles, B.
Elton, L.
Erne, E.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Falkland, V.
Faulkner of Worcester, L.
Ferrers, E.
Fitt, L.
Fookes, B.
Forsyth of Drumlean, L.
Freyberg, L.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Geraint, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Gladwyn, L.
Glentoran, L.
Goudie, B.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Greenway, L.
Grenfell, L.
Grey, E.
Hacking, L.
Halsbury, E.
Harding of Petherton, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Henley, L.
Hereford, Bp.
Holderness, L.
Hooper, B.
Hooson, L.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Ironside, L.
Jacobs, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jeffreys, L.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Kenilworth, L.
Kennet, L.
Keyes, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kinloss, Ly.
Kinnoull, E.
Kirkhill, L.
Laird, L.
Laming, L.
Lauderdale, E.
Layton, L.
Leathers, V.
Leigh, L.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Longford, E.
Lucas, L.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
McNair, L.
McNally, L.
Mancroft, L.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Mishcon, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monkswell, L.
Monson, L.
Montgomery of Alamein, V.
Morris, L.
Mountevans, L.
Mowbray and Stourton, L.
Moyne, L.
Munster, E.
Murton of Lindisfarne, L.
Napier and Ettrick, L.
Naseby, L.
Newall, L.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Noel-Buxton, L.
Northbrook, L.

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Northesk, E.
Norton, L.
Norton of Louth, L.
Nunburnholme, L.
O’Cathain, B.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Perry of Southwark, B.
Pitkeathley, B.
Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Rathcavan, L.
Rawlings, B.
Redesdale, L.
Rennell, L.
Renton, L.
Renwick, L.
Ripon, Bp.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Rogan, L.
Rowallan, L.
Saatchi, L.
St. John of Bletso, L.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Sandwich, E.
Sawyer, L.
Scotland of Asthal, B.
Seccombe, B.
Shannon, E.
Shepherd, L.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Slim, V.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Southwark, Bp.
Stewartby, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strathclyde, L.
Swinfen, L.
Taylor of Warwick, L.
Teviot, L.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thornton, B.
Thurso, V.
Tomlinson, L.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Trefgarne, L.
Trenchard, V.
Trumpington, B.
Tweeddale, M.
Vivian, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Waverley, V.
Weatherill, L.
Wedgwood, L.
Wharton, B.
Wigoder, L.
Wilberforce, L.
Wilcox, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

Papers

1.Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Animals—Statistics for 1998 of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals: Great Britain;
 (4418)
2.Competition Commission—A report on the merger situations of Trinity plc/Mirror Group plc and Regional Media Holdings Limited/Mirror Group plc;
 (4393)
3.Electronic Commerce—Promoting Electronic Commerce: Consultation on Draft Legislation and the Government’s Response to the 7th Report of the House of Commons Trade and Industry Committee: Building Confidence in Electronic Commerce.
 (4417)
2.Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999.

3.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemptions) (No. 1) (England) Order 1999, laid under the Local Government Act 1988;
 (2023)
2.Railways Act 1993 (Consequential Modifications) (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Railways Act 1993;
 (1998)
3.Dual–Use and Related Goods (Export Control) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
 (2091)
4.National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (Amendment of Section 23) (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;
 (2090)
5.Superannuation (Application of the Superannuation Act 1972, Section 1) (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Superannuation Act 1972.
 (2092)
4.Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Report and Accounts for 1998–99 of:
(i)the Intervention Board—
(ii)the Vehicle Certification Agency—
(iii)the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency—
(iv)the Royal Air Force Personnel Management Agency—
(v)the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency—
(vi)the Scottish Office Pensions Agency—
(vii)HM Prison Service—
(viii)the United Kingdom Passport Agency—

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(ix)the National Weights and Measures Laboratory—
(x)the Compensation Agency—
(xi)Wilton Park Executive Agency—
 together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
2.Accounts for 1998–99 of the Commission for the New Towns, laid under the New Towns Act 1981;
3.Financial Statements for 1998–99 of English Partnerships, laid under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993;
4.Report and Accounts for 1998–99 of:
(i)Waltham Forest Housing Action Trust—
(ii)Stonebridge Housing Action Trust—
 laid under the Housing Act 1988;
5.Report for 1998–99 of the Public Works Loan Board, laid under the Public Works Loans Act 1875;
6. (i)Report and Accounts for 1998–99 of:
 (a) Northern Ireland Water Services—
 (b) the Rate Collection Agency—
 (c) the Industrial Research and Technology Unit—
 (d) the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency—
 (e) the Government Purchasing Agency—
 (f) the Training and Employment Agency—
 (g) Land Registers of Northern Ireland—
 (h) the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency—
 (i) the Environment and Heritage Service—
 (j) the Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Estates Agency—
 (k) the Social Security Agency—
 (l) the Forensic Science Agency of Northern Ireland—
 (m) the Valuations and Land Agency—
 (n) the Planning Service—
 (o) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland—
 (p) the Construction Service—
(ii)Accounts for 1998–99 of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland—
 together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Act (Northern Ireland) 1921;
7.Report and Accounts for 1998–99 of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, laid under the Northern Ireland (Modification of Enactments) (No. 1) Order 1973;
8.Report and Accounts for 1998–99 of the Driver Testing Vehicle Agency, laid under the Financial Provisions (Northern Ireland) Order 1998;
9.Consent of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to the transfer to Regional Independent Media Holdings Limited of newspapers of Mirror Group plc, laid under the Fair Trading Act 1973;
10.Report and Accounts for 1998–99 of:
(i)the Royal Mint—
(ii)the Buying Agency—
 laid under the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;
11.Summarised Accounts for 1998–99 of:
(i)the Health Boards in Scotland—
(ii)NHS Trusts in Scotland—
(iii)the Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service—
(iv)the Health Education Board for Scotland—
(v)the State Hospital Management Committee, State Hospital, Carstairs—
(vi)the Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education—
(vii)the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland—
 together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;

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12.Report for 1998–99 of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Public Business

5.Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that Standing Order 38 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Tuesday next to allow the motions standing in the name of the Lord Mayhew of Twysden and the Lord Gray to be taken before the Committee stage of the Greater London Authority Bill; the motion was agreed to.
6.Finance Bill—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the Committee was negatived; then, Standing Order 44 having been dispensed with, the bill was read a third time and passed.
7.Food Standards Bill—A bill to establish the Food Standards Agency and make provision as to its functions; to amend the law relating to food safety and other interests of consumers in relation to food; to enable provision to be made in relation to the notification of tests for food-borne diseases; to enable provision to be made in relation to animal feedingstuffs; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 88)
8.Food Standards Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 88–EN)
9.Films (Modification of the Definition of “British Film”) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 8th July be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
10.Northern Ireland Act Tribunal (Procedure) Rules 1999—It was moved by the Lord Dubs that the draft Rules laid before the House on 5th July be approved; the motion was agreed to.
11.Contracting Out (Jury Summoning Functions) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton that the draft Order laid before the House on 14th June be approved; the motion was agreed to.
12.Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Burlison that the draft Deregulation Order laid before the House on 5th July be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
13.Deregulation (Millennium Licensing) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Burlison that the draft Deregulation Order laid before the House on 5th July be approved; the motion was agreed to.
14.Football (Offences and Disorder) Bill—The order of commitment was discharged.
15.Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare 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 twenty minutes past four o’clock
to Monday next, half-past two o’clock.