House of Lords Journal 233 (Session 1999-00)


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Wednesday 25 October 2000

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

The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:

Irvine of Lairg, L.
(Lord Chancellor)

Ackner, L.
Acton, L.
Addington, L.
Ahmed, L.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Amos, B.
Ampthill, L.
Andrews, B.
Anelay of St Johns, B.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Ashcroft, L.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Ashton of Upholland, B.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Baker of Dorking, L.
Barker, B.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Bell, L.
Berkeley, L.
Bernstein of Craigweil, L.
Biffen, L.
Billingham, B.
Birt, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blaker, L.
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.
Brennan, L.
Brett, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Bridges, L.
Brightman, L.
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.
Butterworth, L.
Byford, B.
Caithness, E.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carlisle of Bucklow, L.
Carnarvon, E.
Carnegy of Lour, B.
Carr of Hadley, L.
Carter, L.
Chalfont, L.
Chalker of Wallasey, B.
Chandos, V.
Christopher, L.
Clark of Kempston, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Cobbold, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Cohen of Pimlico, B.
Colwyn, L.
Cooke of Islandreagh, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Cranborne, V.
Crathorne, L.
Crickhowell, L.
Croham, L.
Cumberlege, B.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
Dahrendorf, L.
David, B.
Davies of Coity, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Denham, L.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Diamond, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Donoughue, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Eames, L.
Eatwell, L.
Eccles of Moulton, B.
Eden of Winton, L.
Elder, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.
Erroll, E.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Temple Guiting, L.
Ezra, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Faulkner of Worcester, L.
Filkin, L.
Fitt, L.
Flather, B.
Fookes, B.
Forsyth of Drumlean, L.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Freyberg, L.
Fyfe of Fairfield, L.
Gale, B.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Garel-Jones, L.
Geddes, L.
Geraint, L.
Gibson, L.
Gibson of Market Rasen, B.
Gilbert, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Glenarthur, L.
Glentoran, L.
Goldsmith, L.
Goodhart, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Goschen, V.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greaves, L.
Greengross, B.
Greenway, L.
Gregson, L.
Grenfell, L.
Hamwee, B.
Hanham, B.
Hanningfield, L.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of Richmond, B.
Harrison, L.
Haskel, L.
Haslam, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Hayman, B.
Henley, L.
Higgins, L.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hogg, B.
Holderness, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
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 Chesterton, L.
Hunt of Tanworth, L.

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Hunt of Wirral, L.
Hylton, L.
Islwyn, L.
Jacobs, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jeger, B.
Jellicoe, E.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Jopling, L.
Judd, L.
Kennedy of The Shaws, B.
Kimball, L.
King of West Bromwich, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kirkham, L.
Kirkhill, L.
Laing of Dunphail, L.
Laird, L.
Lamont of Lerwick, L.
Lang of Monkton, L.
Layard, L.
Lea of Crondall, L.
Lincoln, Bp.
Linklater of Butterstone, B.
Lipsey, L.
Liverpool, E.
Lockwood, B.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Longford, E.
Lucas, L.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
McIntosh of Hudnall, B.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
MacKenzie of Culkein, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
Mackie of Benshie, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mallalieu, B.
Mancroft, L.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Mason of Barnsley, L.
Massey of Darwen, B.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Mishcon, L.
Molloy, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monro of Langholm, L.
Monson, L.
Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Montrose, D.
Moran, L.
Morgan, L.
Murton of Lindisfarne, L.
Naseby, L.
Newby, L.
Nicol, B.
Noakes, B.
Norfolk, D.
Northbourne, L.
Northbrook, L.
Northesk, E.
Northover, B.
Norton of Louth, L.
Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, L.
O’Cathain, B.
Onslow, E.
Orme, L.
Oxfuird, V.
Palmer, L.
Parekh, L.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Parkinson, L.
Patel, L.
Patel of Blackburn, L.
Paul, L.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Peston, L.
Peyton of Yeovil, L.
Phillips of Sudbury, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Plant of Highfield, L.
Platt of Writtle, B.
Plumb, L.
Plummer of St. Marylebone, L.
Prior, L.
Prys-Davies, L.
Puttnam, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Razzall, L.
Rea, L.
Redesdale, L.
Rees, L.
Rees-Mogg, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Rennard, L.
Renton, L.
Renton of Mount Harry, L.
Richard, L.
Richardson of Calow, B.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rogan, L.
Roll of Ipsden, L.
Roper, L.
Rotherwick, L.
Russell, E.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
St. John of Bletso, L.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Sandberg, L.
Sawyer, L.
Scott of Needham Market, B.
Seccombe, B.
Selborne, E.
Sharp of Guildford, B.
Sharples, B.
Shaw of Northstead, L.
Shepherd, L.
Sheppard of Liverpool, L.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Shutt of Greetland, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Skidelsky, L.
Slim, V.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Smith of Leigh, L.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Southwark, Bp.
Stallard, L.
Stern, B.
Stewartby, L.
Stodart of Leaston, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strange, B.
Strathclyde, L.
Swinfen, L.
Taverne, L.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Taylor of Gryfe, L.
Taylor of Warwick, L.
Tebbit, L.
Thomas of Gwydir, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Tomlinson, L.
Tope, L.
Trumpington, B.
Tugendhat, L.
Turner of Camden, B.
Uddin, B.
Vivian, L.
Waddington, L.
Wade of Chorlton, L.
Wakefield, Bp.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walmsley, B.
Warner, L.
Warnock, B.
Warwick of Undercliffe, B.
Watson of Richmond, L.
Weatherill, L.
Wedderburn of Charlton, L.
Whitaker, B.
Wigoder, L.
Wilberforce, L.
Williams of Crosby, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williamson of Horton, L.
Woolmer of Leeds, L.
Young, B.
Young of Dartington, L.
Young of Old Scone, B.

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PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln.

Judicial Business

1.Barclays Bank (Respondents) v. Coleman and another (Petitioner)—The petition of Miriam Mara Coleman praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented without payment of the fee, such fee having been waived by the Appeal Committee pursuant to Standing Order XIII; the said petition was referred to an Appeal Committee.
2.Appeal Committee—The 72nd 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—

In re Norris (Respondent)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 8th November next.

Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (Petitioner) v. Khan (Respondent)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 8th November next.

3.Appeal Committee—The 73rd Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

Barclays Bank (Respondents) v. Coleman and another (Petitioner)—That the petition be referred for hearing.

Papers

4.Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Transport—Agreement between the United Kingdom and the Ukraine on International Road Transport;
 (4879)
2.Health—Exchange of Letters constituting an Agreement to amend the Agreement on Health Services between the United Kingdom and Australia;
 (4880)
3.Royal Patriotic Fund Corporation—Report for 1999 of the Royal Patriotic Fund Corporation.
 (—)
5.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2000, laid under the Charities Act 1993;
 (2868)
2. (i)Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000—(2831)
(ii)Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2000—(2867)
 laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
3.Education (Foundation Body) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;
 (2872)
4. (i)Public Telecommunication System Designation (Alpha Telecom (UK) Ltd) Order 2000;(2857)
(ii)Public Telecommunication System Designation (Sonera UK Ltd) Order 2000;(2858)
(iii)Public Telecommunication System Designation (M3COM (UK) Ltd) Order 2000;(2859)
(iv)Public Telecommunication System Designation (Pacific Gateway Exchange (UK) Ltd) Order 2000;(2856)
(v)Public Telecommunication System Designation (i-21 Ltd) Order 2000;(2855)
 laid under the Telecommunications Act 1984;
5.Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Safety) (Consolidation) and Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Consumer Protection Act 1987;
 (2897)
6.Draft Census (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Census Act 1920;
 (—)
7. (i)Royal Ulster Constabulary (Complaints) (Informal Resolution) Regulations 2000;(—)
(ii)Royal Ulster Constabulary (Conduct) (Senior Officer) Regulations 2000;(—)
(iii)Royal Ulster Constabulary (Unsatisfactory Performance) Regulations 2000;(—)
(iv)Police and Criminal Evidence (Application to Police Ombudsman) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000;(—)
(v)Royal Ulster Constabulary (Appeals) Regulations 2000;(—)
(vi)Royal Ulster Constabulary (Conduct) Regulations 2000;(—)

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(vii)Royal Ulster Constabulary (Complaints etc.) Regulations 2000;(—)
 laid under the Northern Ireland (Modification of Enactments—No. 1) Order 1973.
6.Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.4th Report of the Health Service Commissioner: Investigations Completed, April–July 2000—
(i)Part 1, Summaries of Investigations Completed, laid under the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993;
(ii)Part 2, Full Texts of Selected Investigations;
2.Further Education in Scotland 1999, laid under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992;
3.Accounts for 1999–2000 of the National Portrait Gallery, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992;
4.Report and Accounts for 1999–2000 of the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974;
5.Account for 1998–99 of the Welsh National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997;
6.Licences Granted by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to:
(i)i-21 Ltd;
(ii)Pacific Gateway Exchange (UK) Limited;
(iii)M3COM (UK) Limited;
(iv)Sonera UK Ltd;
(v)Alpha Telecom (UK) Ltd;
 laid under the Telecommunications Act 1984;
7.Report for 1999–2000 of the National Lottery Charities Board, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;
8.Report for 1999–2000 of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, laid under the National Lottery Act 1998;
9.Statement by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport reappointing Jennifer Robson OBE and David Lunn as members of the Board of the English Tourism Council for three years beginning on 1st October 2000, laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969;
10.Accounts for 1999–2000 of the Education Transfer Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Education Reform Act 1988;
11.Report for 1999–2000 of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, laid under the Police Act 1996.

Public Business

7.Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; 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 119)
8.Freedom of Information Bill—The Committee stage of the Freedom of Information Bill was postponed until after the Unstarred Question in the name of the Lord Dormand of Easington.
9.Education in County Durham—The Lord Dormand of Easington asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the complaint made by Durham County Education Committee against OFSTED’s conduct in relation to the inspection of certain schools in County Durham in 1997 and the subsequent actions taken by OFSTED; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Blackstone.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

10.Freedom of Information Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the questions that certain clauses stand part of the bill were negatived; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 120)

The House was adjourned at seven minutes past midnight
in the morning of Thursday 26th October till later the same day,
two o’clock in the afternoon for judicial business, three o’clock for public business.