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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Veneris 29° Octobris 1999

The House met at eleven o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Oxford.

Judicial Business

1. Earl (Petitioner) v. Fink (Respondent)—The petition of Hank Earl praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

2. Appeal Committee—The 68th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    In re G (A.P.) (a minor) (by his mother and next friend) (Respondent)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 12th November next.

    Liverpool City Council (Petitioners) v. Rosemary Chavasse Limited and another (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

Papers

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

    1. Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Serco Metrolink T68A Vehicles) Exemption Order 1999, laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995;      (2932)

    2. Nuclear Reactors (Environmental Impact Assessment for Decommissioning) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (2892)

    3. Wireless Telegraphy (Cordless Telephone Apparatus) (Restriction and Marking) Order 1999, laid under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1967;      (2934)

    4. Education (Amendment of School and Pupil Information Regulations) (England) Regulations 1999, laid under the Education Act 1996.      (2937)

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

    1. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Parliamentary and Other Pensions Act 1972;

    2. Report for 1998-99 of the Commissioner for the Rights of Trade Union Members and the Commissioner for Protection Against Unlawful Industrial Action, laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992;

    3. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of CADW Welsh Historic Monuments, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;

    4. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the Millennium Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery etc Act 1993;

    5. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the United Kingdom Debt Management Office, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.

Public Business

5. Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that, in the event that one or more statutory instruments relating to Northern Ireland are laid before the House before the end of the session, a motion or motions to approve them may, notwithstanding the practice of the House, be moved forthwith; and that Standing Order 72 (Affirmative Instruments) be dispensed with to enable the motion or motions to be taken, notwithstanding that no report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments on the instruments has been laid before the House; the motion was agreed to.

6. Nuclear Waste (S&T Report)—It was moved by the Lord Tombs that this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, HL Paper 41); after debate, the motion was agreed to.

7. Hereditary Peers’ Elections—The Clerk of the Parliaments reported to the House that, in accordance with Standing Order 9, the following 15 peers had been elected from among those ready to serve as Deputy Speakers or in any other office as the House may require:

L. Aberdare

L. Ampthill

L. Brougham and Vaux

L. Colwyn

L. Elton

V. Falkland

L. Geddes

L. Lyell

C. Mar

L. Methuen

V. Oxfuird

L. Reay

V. Simon

L. Skelmersdale

L. Strabolgi.

8. Licensing and Registered Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—It was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton that the draft Order laid before the House on 19th October be approved; the motion was agreed to.

9. Courses for Drink-Drive Offenders (Experimental Period) (Termination of Restrictions) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the draft Order laid before the House on 12th July be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

10. Financial Services Act 1986 (Restriction of Exemption) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 27th July be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

11. Insurance Brokers (Registration) Act 1977 (Amendment) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 19th October be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

12. Jobseeker’s Allowance Amendment (New Deal) Regulations 1999—It was moved by the Baroness Blackstone that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 14th July be approved; the motion was agreed to.

13. Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999—It was moved by the Baroness Blackstone that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st October be approved; the motion was agreed to.

14. Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 1999—It was moved by the Baroness Blackstone that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st October be approved; then it was moved by the Earl Russell as an amendment thereto, at end to insert (“subject to an undertaking from Her Majesty’s Government that the pilot study shall include a study of the outcomes for those disentitled to benefit under Regulation 6, such study to include information on the means of support on which such people rely, on the proportion of those who six months later, are (a) employed, (b) unemployed, (c) in hospital and (d) in prison, and how these outcomes compare with those not so disentitled.”); after debate, the amendment was (by leave of the House) withdrawn; then the original motion was agreed to.

15. Blood donation—The Lord Teviot asked Her Majesty’s Government whether the level of blood stocks and public participation in blood donation are adequate; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Burlison.

The House was adjourned at three minutes before four o’clock

to Monday next, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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