HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 27° Octobris 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Oxford.
1. Lord GrabinerAnthony Stephen Grabiner Esquire, QC, having been created Baron Grabiner, of Aldwych in the City of Westminster, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 26th July 1999, was introduced between the Lord Browne-Wilkinson and the Lord Levy, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Lord SharmanColin Morven Sharman Esquire, OBE, having been created Baron Sharman, of Redlynch in the County of Wiltshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 2nd August 1999, was introduced between the Lord Razzall and the Lord Clement-Jones, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Lord LondesboroughRichard John Lord Londesborough sat first in Parliament after the death of his father, John Albert Lister Lord Londesborough, having first taken and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
4. OathWilliam Herbert Viscount Hambleden took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
5. United Wire Limited (Respondents) v. Screen Repair Services (Scotland) Limited and another (Appellants) and others (England)The appeal of Screen Repair Services (Scotland) Limited and Thomas Johnson was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 8th December next.
6. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Mental Health: Making Decisions: proposals for making decisions on behalf of mentally incapacitated adults; (4465)
2. Public Accounts: Treasury minute on the 23rd to 27th and 30th Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, 1998-99. (4469)
7. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Accounts for 1998-99 of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, together with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;
2. Accounts for 1998-99 of the National Library of Scotland, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1925;
3. Report and accounts for 1998-99 of
(i) the Forestry Commission;
(ii) Forest Research; and
together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Forestry Act 1967;
4. Report for 1998-99 of the Post Office Users National Council, laid under the Post Office Act 1969;
5. (i) Amendment lists 4,5 and 6 to the Regulations of the Defence Council relating to the Royal Air Force manual of assessment of medical fitness; and
(ii) Regulations of the Defence Council relating to the commissioning of officers and terms of service of officers and airmen (aircrew) in the Royal Air Force,
laid under the Air Force Constitution Act 1917;
6. Reports and accounts of
(i) Caledonian MacBrayne Limited;
(ii) Caledonian MacBrayne Holdings Limited; and
(iii) David MacBrayne Limited,
laid under the Transport (Scotland) Act 1989.
Select Committee Reports
8. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
27th Report, on Immigration and Asylum BillGovernment Amendments for Report Stage (HL Paper 110);
28th Report, on Proposed Amendments to the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994Government Response and Further Report (HL Paper 111);
Special Report for Session 1998-99The Committees Work (HL Paper 112).
9. House of Lords OfficesThe 4th Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 113)
10. London Local Authorities Bill [HL]A message was brought from the Commons, that they have made the following orders:
That the Promoters of the London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with the Bill, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that the Agents for the Bill give notice to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office of their intention to suspend further proceedings not later than the day before the close of the present Session and that all Fees due on the Bill up to that date be paid;
That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the next Session, the Agents for the Bill shall deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration signed by them, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill which was brought from the Lords in the present Session;
That, as soon as a certificate by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, that such a declaration has been so deposited, has been laid upon the Table of the House, the Bill shall be read the first and second time and committed (and shall be recorded in the Journal of this House as having been so read and committed);
That all Petitions relating to the Bill presented in the present Session which stand referred to the Committee on the Bill, shall stand referred to the Committee on the Bill in the next Session;
That no Petitioners shall be heard before the Committee on the Bill, unless their Petition has been presented within the time limited, or has been the subject of a Resolution of this House to dispense with Standing Order 171A within the present Session, or has been deposited pursuant to paragraph (b) of Standing Order 126 relating to Private Business;
That, in relation to the Bill, Standing Order 127 relating to Private Business shall have effect as if the words under Standing Order 126 (Reference to committee of petitions against Bill) were omitted;
That no further Fees shall be charged in respect of any proceedings on the Bill in respect of which Fees have already been incurred during the present Session;
That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.
11. Welfare Reform and Pensions BillThe Queens consent was signified; then the bill was read a third time; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); an amendment was negatived; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further amendments were agreed to; then, after debate, the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
The House was adjourned at eight minutes before eight oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.