House of Lords Journal 233 (Session 1999-00)


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Monday 3 April 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.
Aldington, L.
Alexander of Weedon, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St Johns, B.
Archer of Weston-Super-Mare, L.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Astor, V.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Baker of Dorking, L.
Baldwin of Bewdley, E.
Barker, B.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Birt, L.
Blatch, B.
Blease, L.
Bledisloe, V.
Boardman, L.
Borrie, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Bragg, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Brightman, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Burlison, L.
Burnham, L.
Burns, L.
Buscombe, B.
Butterworth, L.
Byford, B.
Caithness, E.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carlile of Berriew, L.
Carnegy of Lour, B.
Carter, L.
Chadlington, L.
Clark of Kempston, L.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Cledwyn of Penrhos, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Clinton- Davis, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Colwyn, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Cowdrey of Tonbridge, L.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Crickhowell, L.
Cumberlege, B.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
David, B.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Donoughue, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Eatwell, L.
Eden of Winton, L.
Elis-Thomas, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.
Erroll, E.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Watford, L.
Ezra, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Faulkner of Worcester, L.
Ferrers, E.
Fitt, L.
Flather, B.
Fookes, B.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Freyberg, L.
Gale, B.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Garel-Jones, L.
Gavron, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Glenarthur, L.
Glentoran, L.
Goodhart, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Goudie, B.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Grabiner, L.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greengross, B.
Greenway, L.
Gregson, L.
Hamwee, B.
Hanningfield, L.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of High Cross, L.
Harrison, L.
Haskins, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Henley, L.
Higgins, L.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hobhouse of Woodborough, L.
Hogg, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Holderness, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
Hooper, B.
Hooson, L.
Howe, E.
Howe of Aberavon, L.
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 Wirral, L.
HyltonFoster, B.
Islwyn, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jeger, B.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Jopling, L.
Kingsland, L.
Laird, L.
Laming, L.
Lamont of Lerwick, L.
Lea of Crondall, L.
Lipsey, L.
Liverpool, E.
Lloyd of Berwick, L.
Lockwood, B.
Longford, E.
Lovell-Davis, L.
Lucas, L.
Luke, L.

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Lyell, L.
McAlpine of West Green, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
McIntosh of Hudnall, B.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
Mackay of Clashfern, L.
Mackay of Drumadoon, L.
MacKenzie of Culkein, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
McNally, L.
Mancroft, L.
Mar, C.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Mason of Barnsley, L.
Massey of Darwen, B.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Methuen, L.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Mishcon, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monro of Langholm, L.
Monson, L.
Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Moore of Wolvercote, L.
Morris of Castle Morris, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Mowbray and Stourton, L.
Moynihan, L.
Murray of Epping Forest, L.
Murton of Lindisfarne, L.
Naseby, L.
Neill of Bladen, L.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Northesk, E.
Norton of Louth, L.
O’Cathain, B.
Onslow, E.
Oppenheim-Barnes, B.
Owen, L.
Oxfuird, V.
Palmer, L.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Parkinson, L.
Patel, L.
Patel of Blackburn, L.
Paul, L.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Perry of Walton, L.
Peston, L.
Phillips of Sudbury, L.
Pike, B.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Platt of Writtle, B.
Porter of Luddenham, L.
Prashar, B.
Prior, L.
Puttnam, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Razzall, L.
Rea, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Rennard, L.
Renton, L.
Renwick of Clifton, L.
Richard, L.
Richardson of Calow, B.
Rix, L.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Roll of Ipsden, L.
Rotherwick, L.
Russell, E.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
Saatchi, L.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Salisbury, Bp.
Saltoun of Abernethy, Ly.
Sandberg, L.
Sawyer, L.
Seccombe, B.
Sharples, B.
Shaw of Northstead, L.
Shepherd, L.
Sheppard of Liverpool, L.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Skelmersdale, L.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Smith of Leigh, L.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Southwark, Bp.
Stallard, L.
Steel of Aikwood, L.
Stewartby, L.
Stoddart of Swindon, L.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strange, B.
Strathclyde, L.
Swinfen, L.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Taverne, L.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Tenby, V.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thornton, B.
Tomlinson, L.
Tope, L.
Trefgarne, L.
Trumpington, B.
Turner of Camden, B.
Uddin, B.
Vivian, L.
Wade of Chorlton, L.
Wakeham, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Warner, L.
Warnock, B.
Warwick of Undercliffe, B.
Watson of Richmond, L.
Waverley, V.
Weatherill, L.
Whitaker, B.
Wigoder, L.
Wilberforce, L.
Wilcox, B.
Wilkins, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Willoughby de Broke, L.
Wilson of Tillyorn, L.
Woolmer of Leeds, L.
Young, B.
Young of Dartington, L.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Salisbury.

Judicial Business

1.Regina v. Secretary of State for Employment (Original Appellant and Cross-respondent) ex parte Seymour-Smith (A.P.) and another (A.P.) (Original Respondents and Cross-appellants)—It was further ordered that there be no order as to costs in the Court of Appeal, save that the costs of the respondents be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1988.
2.In re A (A.P.) (Petitioner) (by his mother and litigation friend)—The petition of A praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged.
3.Kenyon-Brown (Respondent) v. Desmond Banks & Co (Petitioners)—The petition of Desmond Banks & Co praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4.Magill (Appellant) v. Porter (Respondent)—

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5.Magill (Appellant) v. Weeks (Respondent)—

(Conjoined Appeals)—

The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 17th May next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

6.Designers Guild Limited (Appellants) v. Russell Williams (Textiles) Limited (trading as Washington DC) (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 1st May next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
7.Regina v. Antoine (A.P.) (Appellant) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—The appellant’s legal aid certificate was lodged.
8.In re Norris (Respondent)—The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.

Papers

9.Instrument withdrawn—The following instrument, laid before the House on 27th March, was withdrawn:

Draft Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Order 2000.

10.Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on 31st March, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Criminal Injuries—Accounts for 1998–99 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board;
 (4671)
2.Extradition—Exchanges of Notes between the United Kingdom and:
(i)Norway—(4648)
(ii)Hungary—(4647)
(iii)Switzerland—(4646)
(iv)Liechtenstein—(4645)
(v)Poland—(4644)
(vi)Finland—(4643)
 concerning the Extension of the European Convention on Extradition to Certain Independent Territories;
3.Debt—Exchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Bulgaria concerning certain Commercial Debts.
 (4642)
11.Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)—The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 31st March, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Medical Food (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990;
 (845)
2.Education (Student Support) (European Institutions) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998;
 (923)
3.Control of Misleading Advertisements (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
 (914)
4.Housing Renewal Grants (Amendment No. 2) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996;
 (910)
5.M11 Motorway (Junction 5–4, Redbridge) (Speed Limit) Regulations 2000, laid under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
 (854)
12.Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

Draft Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Order 2000.

13.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) Order 2000, laid under the Public Lending Right Act 1979;
 (933)
2.Weighing Equipment (Non–automatic Weighing Machines) Regulations 2000, laid under the Weights and Measures Act 1985;
 (932)
3. (i)Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Transitional Capital Finance Provisions) Order 2000—(862)
(ii)London Government (Various Provisions) Order 2000—(942)
 laid under the Greater London Authority Act 1999;
4.Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) (Butchers’ Shops) Amendment Regulations 2000, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990.
 (930)

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14.Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on loans proposed to be raised by—
(i)Plymouth Community Services National Health Service Trust;
(ii)Gloucestershire Royal National Health Service Trust;
(iii)Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare National Health Service Trust;
(iv)North Hampshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust;
(v)Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre National Health Service Trust;
(vi)South Tees Acute National Health Service Trust;
(vii)Severn National Health Service Trust;
(viii)Priority Healthcare Wearside National Health Service Trust;
(ix)Whittington Hospital National Health Service Trust;
(x)South Durham Healthcare National Health Service Trust;
(xi)Isle of Wight Healthcare National Health Service Trust;
 laid under the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990;
2.Summarised Accounts for 1998–99 of the—
(i)Health Authorities;
(ii)National Health Service Trusts;
(iii)Funds Held on Trust;
(iv)Dental Practice Board and Special Health Authorities;
(v)Health Education Authority and the Microbiological Research Authority;
 together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;
3.Report and Accounts for 1998–99 of the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.

Public Business

15.Political Parties, Elections and Referendums 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.CJD—The Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty’s Government what preventative measures they are taking and what preparations they are making to deal with the possibility of a sizeable epidemic of new-variant CJD; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.

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