HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 24° Martii 1999
The House met at two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln.
1. Regina v. Bartle and the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and others (Appellants) ex parte Pinochet (Respondent) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queens Bench Division)
2. Regina v. Evans and another and the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and others (Appellants) ex parte Pinochet (Respondent) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queens Bench Division)
The Report from the Appellate Committee was agreed to; it was ordered and adjudged that the Order of the Divisional Court of 28th October 1998 relating to the decision of Mr Evans sitting at Bow Street Magistrates Court on 16th October 1998 to issue a provisional warrant for the arrest of the respondent, be affirmed save as to costs; that the Order of the Divisional Court of 28th October 1998 relating to the decision of Mr Bartle sitting in the same court on 22nd October 1998 to issue a further provisional warrant for the arrest of the respondent, be set aside; that the said decision of Mr Bartle be restored, save that the warrant be varied so that for the instances of the date 1st January 1988 there be substituted the date 8th December 1988 and that the charges numbered 3, 4 and 5 be deleted; and that the question of costs be adjourned sine die.
3. Morgans (Petitioner) v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) The petition of Stephen Morgans praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 23rd March).
4. Waters (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (Respondent) The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 6th May next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
5. Earl of JerseyGeorge Francis William Earl of Jersey sat first in Parliament after the death of his grandfather, George Francis Earl of Jersey, having first taken and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
6. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. FinanceDepartmental Reports on the Governments Expenditure Plans for 1999-2002 by
(i) The Law Officers Departments; (4207)
(ii) The Department for Education and Employment and Office for Standards in Education; (4202)
2. Local GovernmentLocal Leadership, Local Choice: Government consultation document. (4298)
7. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 1999.
8. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Police (Health and Safety) Regulations 1999, laid under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974; (860)
2. (i) Water Protection Zone (River Dee Catchment) Designation Order 1999 (915)
(ii) Water Protection Zone (River Dee Catchment) (Procedural and Other Provisions) Regulations 1999 (916)
laid under the Water Resources Act 1991.
9. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. 3rd Report for Session 1998-99 of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration: Disclosure of Information relating to Deaths in Prison, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967;
2. Objectives for the Policing of Northern Ireland, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998.
Select Committee Report
10. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
10th Report, on the following bills:
Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) Bill [HL];
Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) Bill [HL]. (HL Paper 45)
11. City of Westminster Bill [HL] The Commons amendments were considered and 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 Northbourne set down for today shall be limited to 3½ hours and that in the name of the Viscount Tenby to 2½ hours; the motion was agreed to.
13. Marriage (3½-hour debate) It was moved by the Lord Northbourne that there be laid before the House papers relating to the economic and social role of marriage; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
14. Persistent juvenile offenders (2½-hour debate) It was moved by the Viscount Tenby that there be laid before the House papers relating to the problems of dealing with persistent juvenile offenders, in the light of the report by the Social Services Inspectorate on the Medway Secure Training Centre; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
15. Gulf War illnessesThe Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majestys Government what progress they are making in their investigations into the undiagnosed illnesses of service men and women who served in the Gulf War; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Hoyle.
The House was adjourned at a quarter-before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.