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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 10° Novembris 1999

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln.

1. Oath—Anthony Earl of Shaftesbury took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

2. Regina v. Smith (Respondent) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—The appeal of the Director of Public Prosecutions was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.

3. National Power plc (Appellants) v. Feldon and others (Respondents)—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 20th December next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

4. Regina v. The Family Health Services Appeal Authority and Boots the Chemists (Respondents) ex parte E Moss Limited (Petitioner)—Upon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.

Papers

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

    1. Commercial debts—Exchange of notes between the United Kingdom and Jordan concerning certain commercial debts;      (4472)

    2. Western European Union—Western European Union security agreement;      (4475)

    3. Agriculture—Agreement establishing the International Fund for Agricultural Development;       (4474)

    4. Northern Ireland—Agreement between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland establishing the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains.      (4473)

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

      1. (i)      Building Societies (Nominations for Directors’ Election) Order 1999—      (3032)

        (ii) Building Societies (Members’ Resolutions) Order 1999—      (3033)

        (iii) Building Societies (Members’ Requisitions) Order 1999—      (3031)

      laid under the Building Societies Act 1986;

      2. (i)      East Manchester Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3015)

        (ii) Heart of Slough Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3018)

        (iii) Wednesbury Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3013)

        (iv) Hastings and St Leonards Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3020)

        (v) Widening Horizons-North Islington Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3024)

        (vi) North East Derbyshire Coalfields Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3022)

        (vii) Dudley Partnership for Achievement Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3016)

        (viii) Wythenshawe Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3014)

        (ix) Southend Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3019)

        (x) Telford and Wrekin Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3017)

        (xi) New Horizons Kent-Somerset Virtual Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3023)

        (xii) Preston Education Action Zone Order 1999—      (3021)

      laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

      3. Crown Court (Forms Amendment) Rules 1999, laid under the Supreme Court Act 1981;      (3040)

      4. Magistrates’ Courts (Forms) (Amendment No.2) Rules 1999, laid under the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980.      (3039)

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

    1. Accounts National Biological Standards Board for 1998-99, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Biological Standards Act 1975;

    2. Reports and Accounts for 1998-99 of:

      (i) Yorkshire Forward—Yorkshire and Humber Regional Development Agency;

      (ii) One NorthEast—The North East’s Regional Development Agency;

      (iii) Advantage West Midlands—The Development Agency;

      (iv) South West of England Regional Development Agency;

      (v) East of England Development Agency;

      (vi) East Midlands Development Agency;

      (vii) South East England Development Agency;

      (viii) North West Development Agency;

    laid under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998;

    3. Devon (Coroners’ Districts) Order 1999, laid under the Coroners Act 1988.      (2980)

Public Business

8. Procedure of the House—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the 5th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 116) be agreed to; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

9. Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill [HL]—The Commons amendments were considered and agreed to.

10. Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill—The bill was read a third time and passed.

11. Immigration and Asylum Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons earlier this day with an amendment disagreed to with a reason for such disagreement; with an amendment agreed to with an amendment; and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the Commons amendment and reason were printed pursuant to Standing Order 50 (HL Bill 102); the Commons amendment and reason were considered forthwith; a motion not to insist on a Lords amendment and to propose an amendment in lieu was (by leave of the House) withdrawn; then the Lords amendment was not insisted on; the Commons amendment to a Lords amendment was agreed to.

12. Maximum Number of Judges Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Bach that the draft Order laid before the House on 1st November be approved; the motion was agreed to.

13. Maximum Number of Stipendiary Magistrates Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Bach that the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd November be approved; the motion was agreed to.

14. Chartered Institute of Patent Agents Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Bach that the draft Order laid before the House on 25th October be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

15. Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999—It was moved by the Lord Bach that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19th October be approved; the motion was agreed to.

16. Working Time Regulations 1999—It was moved by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 27th July be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

17. Arts and sport—The Earl of Clancarty asked Her Majesty’s Government how they believe the arts and sport relate to the issue of “social exclusion”; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

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

till tomorrow, three o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

Cler: Parliamentor:

 
 
 
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