House of Lords Journal 233 (Session 1999-00)


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Monday 31 January 2000

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

The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:

Irvine of Lairg, L.
(Lord Chancellor)

Aberdare, L.
Ackner, L.
Addington, L.
Ahmed, L.
Alexander of Weedon, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Amos, B.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St Johns, B.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Baldwin of Bewdley, E.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Biffen, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blatch, B.
Blease, L.
Bledisloe, V.
Blood, B.
Boardman, L.
Borrie, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Bowness, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Bradford, Bp.
Bradshaw, L.
Bragg, L.
Brett, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Brightman, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Burns, L.
Buscombe, B.
Butterworth, L.
Byford, B.
Caithness, E.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carlile of Berriew, L.
Carlisle of Bucklow, L.
Carter, L.
Christopher, L.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Cledwyn of Penrhos, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Crathorne, L.
Crickhowell, L.
Cumberlege, B.
David, B.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Denham, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Donoughue, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Dundee, E.
Elder, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Emerton, B.
Erroll, E.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Watford, L.
Ezra, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Faulkner of Worcester, L.
Filkin, L.
Fitt, L.
Fookes, B.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Freyberg, L.
Gale, B.
Gardner of Parkes, B.

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Gavron, L.
Geraint, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Glentoran, L.
Gloucester, Bp.
Goodhart, L.
Goudie, B.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greenway, L.
Gregson, L.
Guildford, Bp.
Hanham, B.
Hanningfield, L.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of Richmond, B.
Harrison, L.
Haskel, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Hayman, B.
Henley, L.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
Hooper, B.
Hooson, L.
Howe, E.
Howe of Aberavon, L.
Howells of St. Davids, B.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Hussey of North Bradley, L.
Hylton-Foster, B.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jeger, B.
Jellicoe, E.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Jopling, L.
Judd, L.
Kimball, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kirkhill, L.
Knights, L.
Laming, L.
Lamont of Lerwick, L.
Lea of Crondall, L.
Lipsey, L.
Liverpool, E.
Lloyd of Berwick, L.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Longford, E.
Lucas, L.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
Mackay of Drumadoon, L.
MacKenzie of Culkein, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
MacLaurin of Knebworth, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mar, C.
Marsh, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Mason of Barnsley, L.
Massey of Darwen, B.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Mishcon, L.
Molloy, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monson, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Mowbray and Stourton, L.
Murton of Lindisfarne, L.
Naseby, L.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Northbrook, L.
Northesk, E.
Norton of Louth, L.
O’Cathain, B.
Onslow, E.
Orme, L.
Owen, L.
Oxford, Bp.
Palmer, L.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Paul, L.
Perry of Southwark, B.
Perry of Walton, L.
Peston, L.
Peyton of Yeovil, L.
Phillips of Sudbury, L.
Pike, B.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Plant of Highfield, L.
Plumb, L.
Plummer of St. Marylebone, L.
Porter of Luddenham, L.
Prior, L.
Prys-Davies, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Rawlings, B.
Rea, L.
Reay, L.
Rees, L.
Rees-Mogg, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Rennard, L.
Renton, L.
Richard, L.
Rix, L.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rotherwick, L.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
Saatchi, L.
St. John of Bletso, L.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Sandberg, L.
Sawyer, L.
Scotland of Asthal, B.
Seccombe, B.
Selborne, E.
Serota, B.
Sharp of Guildford, B.
Shaw of Northstead, L.
Shepherd, L.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Simon of Highbury, L.
Skelmersdale, L.
Slim, V.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Southwark, Bp.
Stallard, L.
Steel of Aikwood, L.
Stern, B.
Stewartby, L.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strange, B.
Strathclyde, L.
Swinfen, L.
Tanlaw, L.
Taverne, L.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Tebbit, L.
Tenby, V.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thornton, B.
Tomlinson, L.
Tope, L.
Trumpington, B.
Turner of Camden, B.
Vivian, L.
Waddington, L.
Wade of Chorlton, L.
Wakeham, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Walker of Worcester, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walton of Detchant, L.
Warnock, B.
Warwick of Undercliffe, B.
Watson of Richmond, L.
Weatherill, L.
Whitaker, B.
Whitty, L.
Wigoder, L.
Wilcox, B.
Wilkins, B.
Williams of Crosby, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Winston, L.
Woolmer of Leeds, L.
Wright of Richmond, L.
Young, B.
Younger of Leckie, V.

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PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Guildford.

Judicial Business

1.Equitable Life Assurance Society (Appellants) v. Hyman (Respondent) (England)—The appeal of the Equitable Life Assurance Society was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 13th March next.
2.Berkeley (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Environment and others (Respondents)—The petition of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions praying for leave to adduce further evidence was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3.National Power plc (Appellants) v. Healy and others (Respondents) (formerly Feldon and others (Respondents))—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
4.National Grid Company plc (Appellants) v. Mayes and others (Respondents)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
5.Phillips (Liquidator of A J Bekhor & Company) and another (Respondents) v. Brewin Dolphin Bell Lawrie Limited (Formerly Brewin Dolphin & Company Limited) (Appellants) and another—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 13th March next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
6.Whistler International Limited (Respondents) v. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Limited (Appellants)—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 1st March next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
7.Delaware Mansions Limited and others (Respondents) v. Lord Mayor and Citizens of the City of Westminster (Appellants)—It was ordered that the appellants be allowed to prosecute the appeal without giving the usual security for costs as required by Standing Order.
8.Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 9th Report—

Brown (A.P.) and another (A.P.) (Petitioners) v. Bennett and others (Respondents)—That the respondents’ costs be paid out of the Legal Aid Fund in accordance with section 18 of the Legal Aid Act 1988, such order to be suspended until 28th February next to enable the Legal Aid Board to object if they wish.

9.Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 17th Report—

In re Burke (A.P.) (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 14th February next.

Papers

10.Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Security—
(i)Government Reply to the 3rd Report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, Session 1998–99, on Accountability of the Security Service; (28th January)(4588)
(ii)Government Response to the Report for 1998–99 of the House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee; (28th January)(4569)
2.Competition Commission—Competition Commission report on the supply in the United Kingdom of ice cream purchased for immediate consumption; (28th January)

(4510)

3.Social Security—Report by the Government Actuary on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Up–rating Order 2000 and the Social Security (Contributions) (Re–rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000; (31st January)
 (4587)
4.Millennium—Government Response to the First Report of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee on the Countdown to the Millennium. (31st January)
 (4589)
11.Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Draft Social Security Benefits Up–rating Order 2000;
2.Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2000;
3.Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re–rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000;

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4.Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999.
12.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Satellite Monitoring Measures) Order 2000, laid under the Fisheries Act 1981;
 (181)
2.Infant Class Sizes (Admission and Standard Numbers) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;
 (180)
3.Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;
 (175)
4.Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992;

(176)

5. (i)Public Telecommunication System Designation (Vine Telecom Networks Limited) Order 2000—(163)
(ii)Public Telecommunication System Designation (WTI Telecom (UK) Limited) Order 2000—(162)
 laid under the Telecommunications Act 1984;
6.Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, laid under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974;
 (128)
7.Health Authorities Act 1995 (Rectification of Transitional Arrangements) Order 2000, laid under the Health Act 1999.
 (179)
13.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 sums recovered by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under that Act;
2.Report and Accounts for 1998–99 of Service Children’s Education, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
3.Licences granted by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to:
(i)Vine Telecom Networks Limited—
(ii)WTI Telecom (UK) Limited—
 laid under the Telecommunications Act 1984;
4.Report for 1999 of the number of notices served, the number of directions given and the number of enforcement notices served by persons authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport, Environment and the Regions under the Aviation Security Act 1982 as amended by the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990, laid under the Aviation Security Act 1982;
5.Report for 1999 of the number of notices served, the number of directions given and the number of enforcement notices served by persons authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport, Environment and the Regions under the Channel Tunnel (Security) Order 1994, laid under that Order.

Public Business

14.House of Lords Offices—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the 2nd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 17) be agreed to; the motion was agreed to.
15.Representation of the People Bill—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
16. Immigration (Regularisation Period for Overstayers) Regulations 2000—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17th January be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at twenty-six minutes past six o’clock
till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.