House of Lords Journal 233 (Session 1999-00)


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Thursday 16 December 1999

The House met at eleven o’clock.

The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:


Aberdare, L.
Ackner, L.
Addington, L.
Ahmed, L.
Alderdice, L.
Aldington, L.
Alexander of Weedon, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alli, L.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St Johns, B.
Annan, L.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Arran, E.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Ashton of Upholland, B.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Baker of Dorking, L.
Baldwin of Bewdley, E.
Barber, L.
Barker, B.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blatch, B.
Boardman, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Bowness, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Bradshaw, L.
Bragg, L.
Bramall, L.
Brett, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Bridges, L.
Brightman, L.
Brigstocke, B.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookeborough , V.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Burlison, L.
Burnham, L.
Burns, L.
Buscombe, B.
Butler of Brockwell, L.
Butterworth, L.
Caithness, E.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carr of Hadley, L.
Carter, L.
Carver, L.
Chalker of Wallasey, B.
Chichester, Bp.
Christopher , L.
Clark of Kempston, L.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Colville of Culross, V.
Colwyn, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Cowdrey of Tonbridge, L.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Crathorne, L.
Crawley, B.
Crickhowell, L.
Cumberlege, B.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
Darcy de Knayth, B.
David, B.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Denham, L.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Donoughue, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Eames, L.
Eatwell, L.
Eccles of Moulton, B.
Elder, L.
Elis-Thomas, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Watford, L.
Ezra, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Faulkner of Worcester, L.
Ferrers, E.
Filkin, L.
Fitt, L.
Flather, B.
Fookes, B.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Freyberg, L.
Gale, B.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Garel-Jones, L.
Gavron, L.
Geddes, L.
Geraint, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Glenarthur, L.
Glentoran, L.
Goodhart, L.
Goudie, B.
Gould of Potternewton, B.

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Graham of Edmonton, L.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greenway, L.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of Peckham, L.
Harris of Richmond, B.
Harrison, L.
Haskel, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Henley, L.
Higgins, L.
Hogg, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
Hooper, B.
Hooson, L.
Howe, E.
Howell of Guildford, L.
Howells of St. Davids, B.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Kings Heath, L.
Hunt of Tanworth, L.
Hylton, L.
Hylton- Foster, B.
Islwyn, L.
Jacobs, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jellicoe, E.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Jenkins of Hillhead, L.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Jopling, L.
Kimball, L.
King of West Bromwich, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kirkhill, L.
Laird, L.
Lamont of Lerwick, L.
Lang of Monkton, L.
Lawson of Blaby, L.
Lea of Crondall, L.
Lindsay, E.
Lipsey, L.
Liverpool, E.
Lockwood, B.
Longford, E.
Lucas, L.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
Mackay of Drumadoon, L.
MacKenzie of Culkein, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
Mackie of Benshie, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mancroft, L.
Mar, C.
Marlesford, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Massey of Darwen, B.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Methuen, L.
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Mishcon, L.
Molloy, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monson, L.
Moore of Wolvercote, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Moynihan, L.
Naseby, L.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Northbourne, L.
Northbrook, L.
Northesk, E.
O’Cathain, B.
Orme, L.
Oxford, Bp.
Oxfuird, V.
Palmer, L.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Patten, L.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Perry of Southwark, B.
Perry of Walton, L.
Peston, L.
Peyton of Yeovil, L.
Phillips of Sudbury, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Plant of Highfield, L.
Puttnam, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Rawlings, B.
Razzall, L.
Rea, L.
Reay, L.
Rees, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Rennard, L.
Renton, L.
Richard, L.
Richardson of Calow, B.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rogers of Riverside, L.
Russell, E.
Ryder of Warsaw, B.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
Sainsbury of Turville, L.
St. John of Bletso, L.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Saltoun of Abernethy, Ly.
Sandwich, E.
Sawyer, L.
Scotland of Asthal, B.
Seccombe, B.
Selsdon, L.
Serota, B.
Sewel, L.
Sharp of Guildford, B.
Shaw of Northstead, L.
Shrewsbury, E.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Simon of Highbury, L.
Skelmersdale, L.
Skidelsky, L.
Slim, V.
Smith of Leigh, L.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Southwark, Bp.
Stallard, L.
Stern, B.
Stewartby, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strathclyde, L.
Swinfen, L.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Tanlaw, L.
Taverne, L.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Tenby, V.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thornton, B.
Tomlinson, L.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Trumpington, B.
Uddin, B.
Varley, L.
Vinson, L.
Wakeham, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walton of Detchant, L.
Warwick of Undercliffe, B.
Waverley, V.
Weatherill, L.
Wharton, B.
Whitaker, B.
Whitty, L.
Wigoder, L.
Wilberforce, L.
Wilcox, B.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Williamson of Horton, L.
Wright of Richmond, L.
Young, B.
Young of Old Scone, B.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

Judicial Business

1.Government of the United States of America (Respondents) v. Montgomery and another (Appellants)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

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2.Regina v. Airport Co-ordination Limited (Respondents) ex parte Aravco Limited and others (Petitioners)—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

3.Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Transport—Government Response to the 21st Report of the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1998–99, on the Railways Bill;
 (4538)
2.International Labour Conference—Presentation of and Proposed Action by the United Kingdom on a Recommendation adopted at the 86th Session of the International Labour Conference (1998).
 (4537)
4.Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2000;
2.Draft Industrial Training Levy ( Engineering Construction Board) Order 2000;
3.Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000.
5.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Merchant Shipping (Seamen’s Wages and Accounts) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995;
 (3360)
2.Beef Bones (Amendment) (England) Regulations 1999, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990.
 (3371)
6.Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Report for 1998–99 of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland, laid under the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962.
2.Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund:
(i)Accounts—
(ii)Supplementary Statements—
 together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Loans Act 1968.

Public Business

7.Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—A bill to establish the Learning and Skills Council for England and the National Council for Education and Training for Wales; to make other provision about education and training; and for connected purposes was presented by the Baroness Blackstone, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 14)
8.Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 14–EN)
9.Census (Amendment) Bill [HL]—A bill to amend the Schedule to the Census Act 1920 to enable particulars to be required in respect of religion was presented by the Lord Weatherill, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 15)
10.Census (Amendment) Bill [HL]—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 15–EN)
11.Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with to allow the Consolidated Fund Bill to be taken through its remaining stages today; the motion was agreed to.
12.Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL]—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed for a statement; the House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was negatived; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 16)

The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.

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13.Consolidated Fund Bill—A bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 2000 and 2001 was brought from the Commons endorsed with the certificate of the Speaker that the bill is a money bill and read a first time; then, Standing Order 46 having been dispensed with, it was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the bill be now read a second time; the motion was agreed to and the Committee was negatived; then the bill was read a third time and passed.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.

14.Royal Assent—The Lord Speaker (Lord McIntosh of Haringey) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Act:
Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Actc. 35

The House was adjourned at twenty-nine minutes past seven o’clock
to Monday 10th January next, half-past two o’clock.