HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 21° Aprilis 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ely.
1. Marquess of HertfordHenry Jocelyn Marquess of Hertford sat first in Parliament after the death of his father, Hugh Edward Conway Marquess of Hertford, having first taken and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Viscount EcclesJohn Dawson Viscount Eccles sat first in Parliament after the death of his father, David McAdam Viscount Eccles, having first taken and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Michaels and another (Petitioners) v. Harley House (Marylebone) Limited (Respondents) The petition of Harvey Michaels and Valentina Michaels praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 13th April).
4. Lippiatt and another (Respondents) v. South Gloucestershire Council (as successor authority to Avon County Council) (Petitioners) The petition of South Gloucestershire Council praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
5. Regina v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue (Respondents) ex parte Dundon (Petitioner) The petition of Martin Mathew Patrick Dundon praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
6. Appeal CommitteeThe following Orders were made pursuant to the 2nd Report:
Borealis AB (formerly Borealis Petrokemi AB and Statoil Petrokemi AB) (Respondents) v. Stargas Limited and others (Respondents) and Bergensen D.Y. A/S Berge Sisar (Petitioners) That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 5th May next.
Borealis AB (formerly Borealis Petrokemi AB and Statoil Petrokemi AB) (Petitioners) v. Stargas Limited and others (Respondents) That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 5th May next.
7. Appeal CommitteeThe 26th Report was made; the Appeal Committee reported that they had met and had heard Counsel; the Report was agreed to and the following Orders were made:
Lafarge Redland Aggregates Limited (formerly Redland Aggregates Limited) (Respondents) v. Shephard Hill Civil Engineering Limited (Petitioners) That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 5th May next.
Boukssid (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 5th May next.
Inco Europe Limited and others (Petitioners) v. First Choice Distribution (a firm) and others (Respondents) That leave to appeal be given, reserving all questions as to the jurisdiction of the House to entertain the appeal, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 5th May next.
8. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Commercial DebtsExchanges of Notes between the United Kingdom and:
(ii) Mauritania (4317)
concerning certain Commercial Debts;
2. Double TaxationAgreements between the United Kingdom and:
(ii) Ireland (4322)
for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Incomes and Capital Gains with Exchange of Notes;
3. Education, Science and CultureAgreement between the United Kingdom and Latvia in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture. (4323)
9. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Framework Agreement for Trade and Cooperation between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of Korea) Order 1999;
2. Draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) Regulations 1999.
10. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Offshore Installations (Safety Zones) (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Petroleum Act 1987. (1150)
11. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1999 Revocation Order 1999, laid under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985; (1192)
2. Accounts for 1997-98 of Grants and Loans to the Urban Development Corporations, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980;
3. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Army Prize Money and Legacy Funds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Chelsea Hospital Act 1876.
Select Committee Reports
12. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
13th Report, on the following bills:
Employment Relations Bill;
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bill [HL];
Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) Bill [HL];
European Community Legislation (Impact) Bill [HL];
and inviting evidence on the proposal for the Draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999; (HL Paper 54)
14th Report, on the Proposed Extension of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994, with the minutes of evidence. (HL Paper 55)
13. United Reformed Church Bill [HL] The Report from Her Majestys Attorney-General was presented.
14. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Clinton-Davis set down for today shall be limited to 4 hours; the motion was agreed to.
15. Local Government BillIt was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton, on behalf of the Lord Whitty, that the order of Commitment of 12th April be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee; the motion was agreed to.
16. Rating (Valuation) BillIt was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton that the order of Commitment of 11th March be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee; the motion was agreed to.
17. EU-US trade (4-hour debate) It was moved by the Lord Clinton-Davis that there be laid before the House papers relating to trading relations between the European Union and the United States; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
18. Digital terrestrial televisionThe Viscount Astor asked Her Majestys Government what plans they have to enable digital terrestrial television to be broadcast throughout the United Kingdom; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.
The House was adjourned at twenty-five minutes past seven oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.