HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 9° Martii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Oxford.
1. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Johnson (A.P.) (Petitioner) The petition of Malcolm Keith Johnson praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
2. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Patel (Appellant) The petition of the appellant praying that all further proceedings in the appeal may be stayed until one month after the Immigration and Asylum Bill has received Royal Assent or until the beginning of the next session of Parliament whichever is the sooner (the agent for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
3. Command PaperThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. FinanceFinancial Statement and Budget Report March 1999; ()
2. Social SecurityReport by the Social Security Advisory Committee under section 174(1) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 and statement of the Secretary of State for Social Security in accordance with section 174(2) of that Act on the Social Security (Contributions) Amendment Regulations 1999. (4281)
4. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Education (Education Standards Etc. Grants) (England) Regulations 1999 (606)
(ii) Education (Post 16 Partnership Grant) (England) Regulations 1999 (605)
(iii) Education (Transfer of Functions Concerning School Lunches) (England) Order 1999 (604)
laid under the Education Act 1996;
2. (i) Teachers Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (607)
(ii) Teachers (Compensation for Redundancy and Premature Retirement) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (608)
laid under the Superannuation Act 1972;
3. Education (Fees at Higher Education Institutions) Regulations 1999, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998; (603)
4. Education (School Inspection) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the School Inspections Act 1996; (601)
5. Education Act 1996 (Grant-Maintained Schools) (Grants to Governing Bodies in Liquidation) (Modification) Regulations 1999, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; (600)
6. Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (Borough of Maidstone) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991; (639)
7. Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1988; (617)
8. (i) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Midland Metro T69 Vehicles) Exemption Order 1999 (520)
(ii) Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Midland Metro T69 Vehicles) Exemption (Amendment) Order 1999 (586)
laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995;
9. Sugar Beet (Research and Education) Order 1999, laid under the Food Act 1984; (415)
10. Local Authorities Traffic Orders (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 1999, laid under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984; (614)
11. Housing (Right to Buy) (Cost Floor) (Scotland) Order 1999, laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987; (611)
12. Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 1999, laid under the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1907; (613)
13. (i) Health Authorities (England) Establishment Order 1996 Amendment and the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk Health Authorities (Establishment etc.) Order 1999 (616)
14. Social Security (Contributions) Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992. (561)
5. Imperial College BillThe Report from Her Majestys Attorney-General was presented.
6. University College London BillThe Report from Her Majestys Attorney-General was presented.
7. Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) Bill [HL] A bill to amend the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 in respect of Scottish university fee arrangements and grants for Scottish students attending higher education institutions in the United Kingdom was presented by the Lord Selkirk of Douglas, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 34)
8. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that Standing Order 70 (Affirmative Instruments) be dispensed with to enable the motion to approve the draft North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 to be taken this day, notwithstanding that no report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments on the draft Order has been laid before the House; the motion was agreed to.
9. Trustee Delegation Bill [HL] The bill was read a third time; amendments were agreed to; then the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.
10. Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL] The bill was read a third time; an amendment was agreed to; a privilege amendment was agreed to; then the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.
11. Airline Competition (ECC Report) It was moved by the Lord Geddes that this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Airline Competition (32nd Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 156); after debate, the motion was agreed to.
12. Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Bill [HL] It was moved by the Lord Elis-Thomas that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
13. Obscenity Bill [HL] It was moved by the Earl of Halsbury that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
14. North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999It was moved by the Lord Dubs that the draft Order laid before the House on 8th March be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
15. Fair rent increasesThe Earl of Lytton asked Her Majestys Government whether they will reconsider their proposals to limit fair rent increases following the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/6) so that, in addition to necessary protection for tenants, private landlords will be able to obtain a fair return on property subject to regulated rents; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Whitty.
The House was adjourned at thirteen minutes before nine oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.