HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 17° Februarii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
1. Lord Williamson of HortonSir David Francis Williamson GCMG CB, having been created Baron Williamson of Horton, of Horton in the County of Somerset, for life by Letters Patent dated 5th February 1999, was introduced between the Baroness Elles and the Lord Whitty, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Arthur J S Hall & Co (Petitioners) v. Simons (A.P.) (Respondent) The respondents legal aid certificate was lodged.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe following Orders were made pursuant to the 9th Report:
Scandecor Development AB (Petitioners) v. Scandecor Marketing AB and others (Respondents) and one other actionThat the petition be referred for hearing.
Holland (Petitioner) v. Lampen-Wolfe (Respondent) That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 3rd March next.
4. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
HealthTowards a Healthier Scotland: Government proposals. (4269)
5. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. National Health Service (Fund-Holding Practices) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978; (365)
2. (i) Local Authorities (Requisite Calculations) (Wales) (Prescribed Amounts) Regulations 1999 (297)
(ii) Council Tax Reduction Scheme (Wales) Regulations 1999 (347)
(iii) Council Tax (Demand Notices) (Wales) (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 1999 (348)
laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992;
3. Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Stoke on Trent City Council) Order 1999, laid under the Local Government Act 1988; (315)
4. Education (Transition to New Framework) (New Schools, Groups and Miscellaneous) Regulations 1999, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; (362)
5. Insolvency (Amendment) Rules 1999, laid under the Insolvency Act 1986. (359)
Select Committee Report
6. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
7th Report, on the Health Bill [HL]. (HL Paper 29)
7. Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Bill [HL] A bill to make further provision about the registration of births and deaths where particulars are given in Welsh as well as English and to make new provision about certificates of particulars of entries in registers of births and deaths was presented by the Lord Elis-Thomas, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 22)
8. Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Bill [HL] It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 22-EN)
9. Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies Bill [HL] A bill to make new provision in respect of representation in the Scottish Parliament and in relation to the Boundary Commission for Scotland; and for connected purposes was presented by the Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 23)
10. Severn Tunnel (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Crickhowell that there be laid before the House papers relating to the planned closure of the Severn Tunnel this summer and the consequences for users and the Welsh economy; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
11. House of Lords: separation of powers (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Lester of Herne Hill that there be laid before the House papers relating to the arrangements for maintaining the separation of powers in the House of Lords between the judicial branch and the legislative and executive branches of government; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
12. Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) Bill [HL] The order of commitment was discharged.
13. Ministerial correspondenceThe Lord Glenarthur asked Her Majestys Government what criteria they apply to the timeliness and completeness of replies by Ministers and officials to correspondence from members of both Houses of Parliament and the public; and whether they are satisfied that they are meeting such criteria; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton.
The House was adjourned at fourteen minutes before eight oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.