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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Jovis 4° Novembris 1999

The House met at three o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bradford.

Judicial Business

1. Appeal Committee—The 70th Report was made; the Appeal Committee reported that they had met and had heard Counsel; the report was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    Regina v. District Court Martial at Bulford and another (Respondents) ex parte Bowyer (A.P.) (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be refused and that the costs of the petitioner be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1988.

    Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Petitioners) (First petition)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 17th November next.

    Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Petitioners) (Second petition)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 17th November next.

    MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA (Respondents) v. Owners of the Ship “Tychy”(Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be refused; and that the petitioners do pay to the respondents the costs of the petition, the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    Poseidon Schiffahrt Gmbh (Petitioners) v. Nomadic Navigation Company Limited (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be refused; and that the petitioners do pay to the respondents the costs of the petition, the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

2. Appeal Committee—The 71st Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Lancashire County Council and another (Respondents) v. Barlow and another (Petitioners) and one other action—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 18th November next.

Papers

3. Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Regulatory Impact Assessments—Regulatory Impact Assessments for January-June 1999;      (—)

    2. Royal Patriotic Fund—Report for 1998 of the Royal Patriotic Fund Corporation.      (—)

4. Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1999;

    2. Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999.

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

    1. Report and Financial Statements for 1998-99 of East Midlands Development Company Limited by guarantee, laid under the Miscellaneous Financial Provisions Act 1983;

    2. Report for 1998-99 of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993.

Private Business

6. City of London (Ward Elections) Bill—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that this House do agree with the orders made by the Commons set out in their message of yesterday; the motion was agreed to.

7. Kent County Council Bill [HL]—

8. Medway Council Bill [HL]—

9. City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]—

    It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the promoters of each bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 noon on Tuesday 9th November and that all fees due on or before that day have been paid;

    That such bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on the second sitting day in the next session with a declaration annexed, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in this House in the present session;

    That the proceedings on such bill in the next session of Parliament be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the bill has passed in the present session, and that no new fees be charged to such stages;

    That the Private Business Standing Orders apply to such bill in the next session only in regard to any stage through which the bill has not passed during the present session;

    the motion was agreed to; it was ordered that a message be sent to the Commons desiring their agreement thereto.

10. Alliance and Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]—A message was brought from the Commons, that they have made the following orders:

    That the Promoters of the Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) 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 since no Petitions remain against the Bill 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. United Reformed Church Bill [HL]—A message was brought from the Commons, that they have made the following orders:

    That the Promoters of the United Reformed Church 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 time and shall be ordered to be read the second time (and shall be recorded in the Journal of this House as having been so read);

    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.

Public Business

12. Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill—The order of commitment was discharged.

13. Monetary Policy Committee—It was moved by the Lord Peston that this House take note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (HL Paper 96); after debate, the motion was agreed to.

14. Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with certain amendments agreed to; with certain other amendments disagreed to but with amendments to the words so restored to the bill; with certain other amendments disagreed to but with amendments in lieu thereof; and with the remaining amendments disagreed to with reasons for such disagreement; it was ordered that the Commons amendments and reasons be printed. (HL Bill 99)

15. Tourism—The Lord Swinfen asked Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken to ensure that the Tourism For All initiative is a success; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale.

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

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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