HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Jovis 28° Januarii 1999
The House met at three oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Norwich.
1. Phelps (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Mayor etc of the London Borough of Hillingdon (Respondents) The petition of Pamela Helen Phelps praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
2. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Diplomatic Privileges (British Nationals) Order 1999.
3. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995; (144)
2. Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Building Act 1984; (77)
3. Income Support (General) (Standard Interest Rate Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (123)
4. Magistrates Courts Committees (West Yorkshire) Amalgamation (Amendment) Order 1999, laid under the Justices of the Peace Act 1997. (152)
4. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Reports and Accounts for 1997-98 of
(i) the Army Base Storage and Distribution Agency
(ii) the Defence Transport and Movements Executive
(iii) the Military Survey Defence Agency
(iv) the Naval Manning Agency
laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
2. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust, laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;
3. Statistical Bulletin for 1997 of Criminal Proceedings in Scottish Courts, laid under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967.
5. Health Bill [HL] A bill to amend the law about the national health service; make provision in relation to arrangements and payments between health service bodies and local authorities with respect to health and health-related functions; confer power to regulate any professions concerned (wholly or partly) with the physical or mental health of individuals; and for connected purposes was presented by the Baroness Hayman, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 15)
6. Health Bill [HL] It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 15-EN)
7. Access to Justice Bill [HL] The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the question that a clause stand part of the bill was disagreed to (see division list); the House was resumed.
8. Tax harmonisationThe Lord Willoughby de Broke asked Her Majestys Government whether they support current proposals for tax harmonisation in the European Union; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.
9. Access to Justice Bill [HL] The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 16)
The House was adjourned at a quarter-before one oclock
in the morning of Friday 29th January to Monday next, half-past two oclock.