HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 20° Januarii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Chichester.
1. Leave of AbsenceIt was ordered that leave of absence be granted to the Lord Milne for the remainder of this Parliament.
2. Regina v. Northern Ireland Electricity plc (Respondents) ex parte Director General of Electricity Supply of Northern Ireland (Petitioner) (Northern Ireland) (lodged 30th November) The petition of the Director General of Electricity Supply of Northern Ireland praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3. Commercial Union Assurance Company plc (Petitioners) v. Shaw (Her Majestys Inspector of Taxes) (Respondent) The petition of Commercial Union Assurance Company plc praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4. Regina v. London Borough of Bromley and others (Respondents) ex parte Crystal Palace Campaign and others (Petitioners) The petition of Crystal Palace Campaign and Philip Alan Kolvin and 23 others praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
5. Regina v. Norwich City Justices (Respondents) ex parte McKernan (Petitioner) The petition of John McKernan praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
6. Burridge (Respondent) v. London Borough of Harrow (Appellants) and othersThe appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
7. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. European CommunitiesInternal Agreement between the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, Meeting within the Council, on the Financing and Administration of Community Aid under the 2nd Financial Protocol to the 4th ACP-EC Convention; (4239)
2. House of LordsModernising Parliament: Reforming the House of Lords: Government proposals. (4183)
8. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 1999.
9. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Merchant Shipping (Pilot Transfer Arrangements) Regulations 1999, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995; (17)
2. Housing Renewal Grants (Common Parts) Order 1999, laid under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. (68)
10. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
11. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that Standing Order 38 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Monday 25th January to allow the motion in the name of the Earl of Onslow to be taken immediately after proceedings on the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions etc.) Bill [HL]; the motion was agreed to.
12. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Taverne set down for today shall be limited to 5 hours; the motion was agreed to.
13. European single currency (5-hour debate) It was moved by the Lord Taverne that there be laid before the House papers relating to the significance for the British economy of the introduction of the euro; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
14. Arms tradeThe Lord Hylton asked Her Majestys Government what is their policy for preventing worldwide proliferation of small arms and controlling the actions of military companies; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale.
The House was adjourned at one minute before ten oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.