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Die Jovis 25° Februarii 1999

The House met at three o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ripon.

1. Royal Assent—The Lord Chancellor notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Act:

Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Actc.2

Judicial Business

2. Roberts (A.P.) (Respondent) v. Winbow (Petitioner)— The respondent’s legal aid certificate was lodged.


3. Instrument withdrawn—The following instrument, laid before the House on 22nd February, was withdrawn:

    Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999.

4. Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Monopolies and Mergers Commission—IMS Health Inc and Pharmaceutical Marketing Services Inc: report on the merger situation;      (4261)

    2. Elections—Return of the expenses of each candidate at the May 1997 general election;       (—)

    3. Finance—Public Income and Expenditure for 1997-98 for Northern Ireland.      (4255)

5. Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) (No. 1) Order 1999;

    2. Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999;

    3. Draft International Mobile Satellite Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1999.

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

    1. (i)    Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (Amendment) Rules 1999—    (395)

    (ii) Local Elections (Principal Areas) (Amendment) Rules 1999—      (394)

    laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983;

    2. Motor Cars (Driving Instruction) (Admission of Community Licence Holders) Regulations 1999, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1988;    (357)

    3. Electricity (Non-Fossil Fuel Sources) (Scotland) Order 1999, laid under the Electricity Act 1989.    (439)

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

    1.    Accounts for 1997-98 of the Home Grown Sugar Beet (Research and Education) Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Food Act 1984;

    2.    Report of the Scottish Law Commission on unjustified enrichment, error of law and public authority receipts and disbursements, laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965;

    3.    Statements of guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on loans proposed to be raised by the following NHS Trusts:

      (i) Community Health Care Services (North Derbyshire)—

      (ii) Southampton Community Health Services—

      (iii) Rotherham General Hospitals—

      (iv) Pilgrim Health—

      (v) Leicester General Hospital—

      (vi) Central Nottinghamshire Healthcare—

      (vii) Glenfield Hospital—

    laid under the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990;

    4. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Wallace Collection, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992;

    5. Treasury Minute dated 25th February 1999 on the application of certain receipts as appropriations in aid of the votes specified in the Spring supplementary estimates for 1998-99, laid under the Public Accounts and Charges Act 1891.

Private Business

8. Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [HL]— The Examiner’s certificate that the further Standing Orders had been complied with was ordered to lie on the Table and the bill was committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee.

Public Business

9. Rating (Valuation) Bill—A bill to make provision about valuation for purposes of non-domestic rates in England and Wales was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 27)

10. Rating (Valuation) Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 27-EN)

11. Financial Services and Markets—It was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington that this House do concur with the Commons in their message of 23rd February, that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to report on the consultative document on the draft financial services and markets bill presented by Her Majesty’s Command on 21st December 1998 and any further draft of the bill which may be laid upon the Table of both Houses by a Minister of the Crown and to report by 30th April 1999; the motion was agreed to and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.

12. Health Bill [HL]— The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed after amendment 70.

The House was adjourned at midnight

to Monday next, half-past two o’clock.


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