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Die Lunae 30° Novembris 1998

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln.


1. 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. National Lottery—New Links for the Lottery: Proposals for the New Opportunities Fund: Government consultation document; (27th November)      (4166)

    2. Defence—Ministry of Defence Performance Report for 1997-98; (30th November)       (4170)

    3. Social Services—Modernising Social Services: Promoting independence, Improving protection, Raising standards: Government proposals. (30th November)      (4169)

2. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 68)— The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 27th November, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) (Scotland) Regulations 1998, laid under the Superannuation Act 1972;      (2888)

    2. Income Support (General) (Standard Interest Rate Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1998, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;      (2878)

    3. Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, laid under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998;      (2839)

    4. (i)      Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations—      (2927)

    (ii) European Communities (Designation) (No. 3) Order 1998—      (2793)

    (iii) Charges for Inspections and Controls (Amendment) Regulations 1998—      (2880)

      laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

    5. (i)      Transfer of Prisoners (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 1998—      (2797)

    (ii) Transfer of Prisoners (Restricted Transfers) (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) Order 1998—      (2798)

      laid under the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.

3. Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Draft Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.

4. Deregulation—The following order was laid before the House for approval by resolution under section 1(4) of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 and referred to the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee:

    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999.

5. Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Fees for Inquiries (Standard Daily Amount) Regulations 1998, laid under the Housing and Planning Act 1986;      (2864)

    2. Registration of Political Parties (Access to the Register) Regulations 1998, laid under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998.      (2875)

6. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Statement of Accounts for 1997-98 of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, including Accounts of the Royal Ulster Constabulary Fund and the Police Property Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1970;

    2. Report for 1997-98 of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965.

7. 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:

    Social Security (Contributions) Amendment (No. 5) Regulations 1998.      (2894)

Select Committee Report

8. Committee of Selection—The First Report from the Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 2)

Private Business

9. London Local Authorities Bill [HL]— The Chairman of Committees acquainted the House that pursuant to the resolution of 17th November the bill had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declaration of the agent; the bill was presented, read a first time, read a second time pro forma and reported from the Committees.

Public Business

10. Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England—It was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that it is desirable that a Select Committee be appointed to consider the operation of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and to make recommendations; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

11. Parliamentary Privilege—A message was brought from the Commons that they have ordered:

    That in accordance with the Resolution of that House of 9th July 1997 in the last session of Parliament, a Select Committee of six Members be appointed to join with a Committee to be appointed by the Lords, as the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege, to review parliamentary privilege and make recommendations thereon;

    That three be the Quorum of the Committee;

    That the Committee shall have power to send for persons, papers and records; to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House; to report from time to time; and to appoint specialist advisers to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the Committee’s order of reference;

    That the proceedings of the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege in the last session of Parliament be referred to the Committee;

    That the Attorney General, the Lord Advocate, the Solicitor General and the Solicitor General for Scotland, being members of either House, may attend the Committee, may take part in deliberations, may receive Committee papers and may give such other assistance to the Committee as may be appropriate, but shall not vote or make any motion or move any amendment or be counted in the quorum.

12. The Queen’s Speech—The debate on the Motion that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty was resumed and, after further debate, was again adjourned till tomorrow.

The House was adjourned at five minutes past ten o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.


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