HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Jovis 6° Maii 1999
The House met at three oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Exeter.
1. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for tomorrow.
2. MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA (Respondents) v. Owners of the Ship Tychy (Petitioners) The petition of Polish Ocean Lines 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. West Bromwich Building Society (Appellants) v. Mander Hadley (Respondents) The petition of the appellants was presented praying that the appeal be withdrawn on the terms agreed between the parties (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto); and it was ordered as prayed.
4. Regina v. Secretary of State for Transport (Appellant) ex parte Factortame Limited and others and another (A.P.) (Respondents) 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 15th June next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 4th May).
5. 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 27th May next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
6. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 1999.
7. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Local Government (General Grant) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 1974; ()
2. (i) Gaming Clubs (Hours and Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (1258)
(ii) Gaming Act (Variation of Monetary Limits) Order 1999 (1260)
laid under the Gaming Act 1968;
3. Amusements with Prizes (Variation of Monetary Limits) Order 1999, laid under the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976; (1259)
4. Education (Funding for Teacher Training) Designation Order 1999, laid under the Education Act 1994; (1283)
5. (i) Durham College of Agriculture and Horticulture (Dissolution) Order 1999 (1284)
(ii) East Durham Community College (Dissolution) Order 1999 (1285)
laid under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992;
6. (i) Education (Adjudicators Inquiry Procedure etc. ) Regulations 1999 (1286)
(ii) Education (Head Teachers) Regulations 1999 (1287)
laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
8. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Accounts for 199798 of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service and of the Certification Officer and the Central Arbitration Committee, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
9. Statutory Instruments Reference CommitteeThe Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that he had received the following Report from the Statutory Instruments Reference Committee:
That it has been notified in accordance with regulation 11(3) of the Statutory Instruments Regulations 1947, that the Secretary of State for the Home Department has certified, under regulation 6 of the said Regulations, that the printing and sale of copies of the Young Offender Institution (Amendment) Rules 1999 (S.I. 1999/729) in accordance with the requirements of section 2(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946 is unnecessary having regard to the fact that the instrument was revoked and later replaced by another instrument before the above had come into effect;
That the Committee is satisfied that the certificate is justified and has taken no further action in the matter;
The report was ordered to lie on the Table.
10. HFC Bank BillThe Examiners certificate that no further standing order is applicable was ordered to lie on the Table.
11. Road Traffic (Use of Mobile Telephones) Bill [HL] A bill to make it an offence to drive while using a hand-held mobile telephone was presented by the Lord Davies of Oldham, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 53)
12. KosovoIt was moved by the Lord Gilbert that this House take note of the situation in Kosovo; after debate, it was moved by the Earl of Lauderdale, as an amendment thereto, at end to insert (; but regrets that bomb attacks on the sovereign state of Yugoslavia have resulted in killing and maiming of civilians as well as damage to the economy of Eastern Europe through blockage of the Danube, without clear sanction either in international law or by resolution of the United Nations Security Council.); after further debate, the amendment was (by leave of the House) withdrawn; then the original motion was agreed to.
13. Visiting Forces and International Headquarters (Application of Law) Order 1999
14. International Headquarters and Defence Organisations (Designation and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 1999It was moved by the Lord Gilbert that the draft Orders laid before the House on 15th April be approved en bloc; the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at four minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.