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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 24° Maii 1999

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

Judicial Business

1. Phelps (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Mayor etc of the London Borough of Hillingdon (Respondents) (England)— The appeal of Pamela Helen Phelps was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 5th July next.

2. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Respondent) v. Tillman (Petitioner) and another—The petition of Harold Peter Tillman praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 21st May).

3. Electra Private Equity Partners (a limited partnership) and others (Respondents) v. KPMG Peat Marwick (a firm) and others (Petitioners)— The petition of Padraig Bennett, Ronald Bolger, Trevor Bowen, Gary Britton, Alex Burns, Ron Carroll, John Condon, Noel Cooke, Christopher Cullen, Robert Dix, Mark Dobbyn, Jim Doorly, Gerard Flood, Richard George, Ron Harris, Noel Holland, Ray Jackson, Norman Judge, Jerome Kennedy, Anthony Lynch, Tom Lynch, Maurice McCloy, Gerry McEvoy, Paul McGowan, Desmond Miller, Jim Muddiman, John Nash, Pat O’Brien, Niall O’Carroll, Terence O’Rourke, John Roche, Henry Saville, Michael Spellman, Seamus Taaffe, Michael Varian, Richard Whelan, Drew Wilkinson, Ben Wilson and Robert Woods praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

4. White (Appellant) v. White (Respondent) (First Appeal)—

5. White (Appellant) v. White (Respondent) (Second Appeal)—

    (Conjoined Appeals)—

    The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 8th July next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

Papers

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

    Freedom of Information—Freedom of Information: Consultation on Draft Legislation: Government consultation document.      (4355)

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

    1. Protection of Wrecks (Designation) Order 1999, laid under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973;      (1438)

    2. Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (Hague Convention Countries) (Variation) Order 1999, laid under the Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972;      (1318)

    3. Legal Aid in Criminal Cases (Statement of Means) (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1999, laid under the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981.      (—)

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

    1. European Parliamentary Elections (Welsh Forms) (Amendment) Order 1999, laid under the Welsh Language Act 1993;      (1402)

    2. Report and Financial Statements for 1998 of Channel Four Television Corporation, laid under the Broadcasting Act 1990.

Public Business

9. Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill—A bill to make further provision about the testing of motor vehicles for the purposes of Part II of the Road Traffic Act 1988; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 63)

10. Draft Local Government (Functions and Standards) Bill—It was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that this House do concur with the Commons in their message of 21st May, that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider the draft Local Government (Functions and Standards) Bill published in the Command Paper entitled Local Leadership, Local Choice (Cm. 4298), and that the Committee should report by 31st July 1999; the motion was agreed to and it was ordered that a message be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.

11. Rating (Valuation) Bill—The Queen’s Consent was signified; then the bill was read a third time and passed.

12. Northern Ireland (Location of Victims’ Remains) Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 1); the House was resumed for a statement; the House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed and the bill was reported without amendment; the report was received; then Standing Order 44 having been dispensed with, the bill was read a third time and passed.

13. Tax Credits Bill—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 64)

The House was adjourned at sixteen minutes past eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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