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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 20° Aprilis 1999

The House met at half-past two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ely.

Judicial Business

1. Regina v. Housing Benefit Review Board of the City of Westminster (Petitioners) ex parte Mehanne (Respondent)— The petition of the Housing Benefit Review Board of the City of Westminster praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 19th January).

2. Satnam Investments Limited (Petitioners) v. Dunlop Heywood & Co Limited and others (Respondents)— The petition of Satnam Investments Limited praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

3. Senate Electrical Wholesalers Limited (Petitioners) v. STC Submarine Systems Limited (Respondents) and another—Upon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.

Papers

4. Command Paper—The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Contingent Liability—Minute by the Department of Economic Development (Northern Ireland) concerning the Action for Community Employment core workers’ statutory redundancy payment.    (—)

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

    1. (i)      Land in Care Scheme (Tir Gofal) (Wales) Regulations 1999—      (1176)

    (ii) Countryside Access (Amendment) Regulations 1999—      (1174)

    laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

    2. Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Wales) Designation Orders (Amendment) Order 1999, laid under the Agriculture Act 1986.      (1175)

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

    1. Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health in respect of temporary borrowing by—

    (i) Phoenix National Health Service Trust from Barclays Bank plc—

    (ii) Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals National Health Service Trust from Lloyds Bank plc—

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

    2. Report for 1998 of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, laid under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

7. Instrument coming into operation before being laid—The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that he had received, under the proviso to section 4(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946, notification that the following instrument had come into operation before being laid before Parliament, with an explanation thereof; the notification and explanation were ordered to lie on the Table:

    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1999, laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985.

Select Committee Report

8. Statutory Instruments—The 15th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1999;

      Draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999;

      Draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 1999;

      Draft Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 1999;

      Draft Potato Industry Development Council (Amendment) Order 1999;

      Draft Aeroplane Noise Regulations 1999;

      Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1999;

      Draft International Headquarters and Defence Organisations (Designation and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 1999;

      Draft Visiting Forces and International Headquarters (Application of Law) Order 1999;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 53)

Private Business

9. Imperial College Bill—The bill was brought from the Commons, read a first time and referred to the Examiners.

Public Business

10. House of Lords Bill—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment to an amendment was agreed to; then the original amendment, as amended, was (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.

11. India and Pakistan—The Lord Ahmed asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they will promote fresh international initiatives to alleviate the current state of tension between India and Pakistan; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean.

12. House of Lords Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed after amendment 10.

The House was adjourned at twenty-six minutes past eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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