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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 1° Novembris 1999

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bradford.

1. Baroness Massey of Darwen—Doreen Elizabeth Massey, having been created Baroness Massey of Darwen, of Darwen in the County of Lancashire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 26th July 1999, was introduced between the Baroness Jay of Paddington and the Baroness Castle of Blackburn, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.

2. Lord Smith of Leigh—Peter Richard Charles Smith Esquire, having been created Baron Smith of Leigh, of Wigan in the County of Greater Manchester, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 5th August 1999, was introduced between the Lord Donoughue and the Lord Evans of Parkside, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.

3. Leave of Absence—Leave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Friday 5th November.

Judicial Business

4. Regina v. Henry (Petitioner)—The petition of Wayne Henry praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

5. In re Burke (A.P.) (Petitioner)—The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged.

6. Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 55th Report—

    MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA (Respondents) v. Owners of the Ship “Tychy” (Petitioners)—That the petition be referred for hearing.

Papers

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

    Sport—Lottery Fund Report for 1998-99 of sportscotland .

8. Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 1999.

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

    1. Law Commission Reports on item 1 of the Seventh Programme of Law Reform: Damages:

      (i) Damages for Personal Injury: Medical, Nursing and other expenses; Collateral Benefits—

      (ii) Claims for Wrongful Death—

    laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965;

    2. Report for 1998-99 of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, laid under the National Lottery Act 1998;

    3. Report for 1998-99 of the New Opportunities Fund, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;

    4. Account for 1998-99 of the British Museum, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992;

    5. Account for 1998-99 of the National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Merseyside Museums and Galleries Order 1986.

Private Business

10. Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [HL]—A message was brought from the Commons, that they have made the following orders:

    That the Promoters of the Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts 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 not later than the day before the close of the present Session of their intention to suspend further proceedings 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, no Petitions against the Bill having been presented within the time limited during the present Session, no Petitioners shall be heard before any committee on the Bill save those who complain of any amendment as proposed in the filled up Bill or of any matter which arises during the progress of the Bill before the committee;

    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. Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill—A message was brought from the Commons that they have considered the Lords message of 28th October and have made the following Orders:

    That the Promoters of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with the Bill in the next Session of Parliament, provided that the Agents for the Bill give notice to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present Session of their intention to suspend further proceedings and that all Fees due on the Bill up to that date be paid;

    That on the fifth day on which the House sits in the next Session the Bill shall be presented to the House;

    That there shall be deposited with the Bill a declaration signed by the Agents for the Bill, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill at the last stage of its proceedings in this House in the present Session;

    That the Bill shall be laid upon the Table of the House by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office on the next meeting of the House after the day on which the Bill has been presented and, when so laid, shall be read the first, second and third time and shall be recorded in the Journal of this House as having been so read;

    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.

Public Business

12. Business of the House—It was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Wednesday next so far as to allow the Food Standards Bill to be taken before the motion standing in the name of the Lord Grenfell; the motion was agreed to.

13. Greater London Authority Bill—The Queen’s consent was signified; the bill was read a third time; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1 to 4); amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further proceedings after third reading were adjourned.

14. Chinook helicopter ZD576—The Lord Chalfont asked Her Majesty’s Government whether the issues raised in the Computer Weekly report RAF Justice are serious enough to justify re-opening the RAF Board of Inquiry into the crash of Chinook Helicopter ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean.

15. Greater London Authority Bill—The bill was further considered after third reading; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 5); after debate, the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

The House was adjourned at seven minutes before eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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