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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 10° Januarii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Derby.

Judicial Business

1. Designers Guild Limited (Appellants) v. Russell Williams (Textiles) Limited (trading as Washington DC) (Respondents) (England)—The appeal of Designers Guild Limited was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 21st February next (lodged 20th December).

2. Regina v. Housing Benefit Review Board of the City of Westminster (Appellants) ex parte Mehanne (A.P.) (Respondent) (England)—The appeal of the Housing Benefit Review Board for the City of Westminster was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 21st February next (lodged 20th December).

3. Birmingham City Council (Respondents) v. Clarke (A.P.) (Appellant) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division)—The appeal of Anthony Richard Clarke was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.

4. Cadogan Estates Limited (Respondents) v. McMahon (A.P.) (Appellant)—The petition of the appellant bankrupt praying that the appeal be rendered effective was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The appellant’s legal aid certificate was lodged.

5. Slater (Respondent) v. Bancroft (Petitioner)—The petition of Alison Christine Bancroft praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 17th December).

6. Lubbe (suing as administrator of the estate of Rachel Jacoba Lubbe) and others (Petitioners) v. Cape plc (Respondents) and 10 other actions—The petition of Schalk Willem Burger Lubbe, Mamabolo Phale (suing as administratrix of the estate of Nkala Johannes Maile), Matlaweng Johannes Mohlala, Catherina Eksteen Nel (suing as administratrix of the estate of Matthys Christofel Nel) and Sebushi Pauline Selwana praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 20th December).

7. Regina v. Secretary of State for Health and others (Respondents) ex parte Imperial Tobacco Limited and others (Petitioners)—The petition of Imperial Tobacco Limited, Gallaher Limited, Rothmans (UK) Limited and British American Tobacco Investments Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 22nd December).

8. In re B (a minor) 2000—The petition of the father praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The father’s legal aid certificate was lodged (lodged 22nd December).

9. Hallam and another (Petitioners) v. Cheltenham Borough Council and others (Respondents)—The petition of Lisa Cheri Marie Hallam and Deborah Lillian Smith praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

10. Coyle (Petitioner) v. Reid and another (Respondents) (Northern Ireland)—The petition of Patricia Coyle praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 29th December).

11. Regina v. Tuegel (Petitioner)—The petition of Peter Johannes Eric Tuegel praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

12. Mills (Petitioner) v. Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland (Respondent) (Northern Ireland)—The petition of James Mills praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged (lodged 3rd March 1999).

13. McDade (Petitioner) v. Masons (a firm) (Respondents)—The petition of Lesley Diane McDade praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

14. In re Peci (A.P.) (Petitioner) (application for a writ of Habeas Corpus)—The petition of Kamer Peci praying for an extension of time within which the petition may be lodged and for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960, was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged.

15. Dimond (Original Appellant and Cross-respondent) v. Lovell (Original Respondent and Cross-appellant)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee (lodged 21st December).

16. White (A.P.) (Appellant) v. White and the Motor Insurers Bureau (Respondents)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

17. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) ex parte Gashi (A.P.) (Respondent)—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 22nd December next or to the third sitting day after the next ensuing meeting of the House (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 14th December).

18. Johnson (A.P.) (Original Appellant and Cross-respondent) v. Gore Wood & Co (a firm) (Original Respondents and Cross-appellants)—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 26th January next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 22nd December).

19. Magill (Appellant) v. Porter (Respondent)—

20. 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 23rd February next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

21. National Westminster Bank plc (Respondents) v. Gill and Gill (A.P.) (Appellant)—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 7th February next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 20th December).

22. Royal Bank of Scotland (Respondents) v. Etridge (A.P.) (Appellant)—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 7th February next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 22nd December).

23. Loftus and others (Respondents) v. Etridge (A.P.) (Appellant) and another—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 7th February next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

24. National Power plc (Appellants) v. Healy and others (Respondents) (formerly 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 31st January next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 17th December).

25. National Grid Company plc (Appellants) v. Mayes 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 31st January next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 20th December).

26. 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 31st January next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 16th December).

27. Johnson (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Unisys Limited (Respondents)—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 26th January next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

28. Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Appellants) (First Appeal)—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 9th February next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

29. Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Appellants) (Second Appeal)—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 9th February next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

30. North Anderson Cars Limited (Appellants) v. Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Respondents) (Scotland)—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 23rd February next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

31. Lancashire County Council and another (Respondents) v. Barlow (A.P.) and another (A.P.) (Appellants) and one other action—The appellants’ legal aid certificates were lodged.

32. Smithkline Beecham Biologicals SA (Respondents) v. Connaught Laboratories Inc (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.

33. Michael Shanly Group Limited (Petitioners) v. Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and others (Respondents)—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

34. Instrument withdrawn—The following instrument, laid before the House on 13th December 1999, was withdrawn:

    Draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 1999.

35. 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. Health—Government Response to the 3rd Report of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Session 1998-99, on the Scientific Advisory System: Mobile Phones and Health; (17th December 1999)      (4551)

    2. Law of the Sea—

      United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; (17th December 1999)      (4524)

      Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982; (17th December 1999);

            (4525)

      Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; (17th December 1999)      (4526)

    3. Pollution—International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation; (17th December 1999)      (4542)

    4. Wildlife—Amendments to Appendix II of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats; (17th December 1999)      (4541)

    5. Coffee—Resolution to extend the International Coffee Agreement 1994; (17th December 1999)      (4543)

    6. Montserrat—Department for International Development Minute concerning a Mortgage and Housing Assistance Project on Montserrat; (17th December 1999)      (—)

    7. Defence—

      (i) Defence White Paper 1999; (20th December 1999)      (4446)

      Performance Report for 1998-99 of the Ministry of Defence; (20th December 1999)      (4520)

    8. Fire Services—

      (i) Prior Options Review of the Fire Service College; (20th December 1999)      (4546)

      (ii) Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Fire Services for England and Wales 1998-99; (21st December 1999)      (4535)

    9. Competitiveness—Universal Foods Corporation and Pointing Holdings Limited-a Competition Commission Report on the Merger Situation; (21st December 1999)      (4544)

    10. Customs and Excise— Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment No. 6) Order 1999; (21st December 1999)      (3411)

    11. International Criminal Court—Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, together with an Explanatory Memorandum; (22nd December 1999)      (4555)

    12. Satellites—Amendments to the Convention on the International Maritime Satellite Organisation (INMARSAT) and Amendments to the Operating Agreement on the International Maritime Satellite Organisation (INMARSAT); (22nd December 1999)      (4553)

    13. Council of Europe—Amendment to Article 41, paragraph d, of the Statute of the Council of Europe; (22nd December 1999)      (4554)

    14. Space—Agreement among Canada, Member States of the European Space Agency, Japan, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America concerning Cooperation on the Civil International Space Station), together with an Explanatory Memorandum. (22nd December 1999)      (4552)

36. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)—The following instruments, having been laid before the House on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:

Title, etc.

S.I. No. 1999 or 2000

Date of Laying

Negative instruments

  

Income Support (General) and Jobseeker’s Allowance Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;

3324

17th December

Medicines (Pharmacies) (Applications for Registration and Fees) Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the Medicines Act 1968;

3295

17th December

(i) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (District of Thanet) Order 1999—

3401

20th December

(ii) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (City of Canterbury) Order 1999—

3402

20th December

(iii) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (Borough of Swale) Order 1999—

3403

20th December

(iv) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (District of Sevenoaks) Order 1999—

3404

20th December

(v) Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Kent) (Borough of Tunbridge Wells) Order 1999—

3405

20th December

 laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991;

  

(i) Epicentre LEAP Ellesmere Port Cheshire Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3396

20th December

(ii) Bolton Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3393

20th December

(iii) Coventry Millennium Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3394

20th December

(iv) Rainbow Education Action Zone in Stoke on Trent Order 1999—

3389

20th December

(v) Wolverhampton Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3387

20th December

(vi) Downham and Bellingham Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3395

20th December

(vii) Leigh Park Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3390

20th December

(viii) North Gillingham Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3388

20th December

(ix) Breaking the Cycle Bridgwater Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3392

20th December

(x) Clacton and Harwich Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3397

20th December

(xi) Challenge for Corby Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3398

20th December

(xii) Camborne, Pool and Redruth Success Zone Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3414

20th December

(xiii) Gloucester Education Achievement Zone Order 1999—

3412

20th December

(xiv) Ashington Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3391

20th December

(xvii) Learning Together East Cleveland Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3386

20th December

(xviii) Sunderland Building Our Future Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3385

20th December

(xix) Community Learning Partnership Barrow-in-Furness Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3384

20th December

(xx) Dingle Granby Toxteth Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3383

20th December

(xxi) Easington and Seaham Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3382

20th December

(xxii) Peterlee Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3381

20th December

(xxiii) Speke Garston Excellent Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3408

20th December

(xxiv) South Bradford Community Learning Partnership Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3407

20th December

(xxv) Wakefield Community Learning Partnership Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3406

20th December

(xxvi) Withernsea and Southern Holderness Rural Achievement Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3400

20th December

(xxvii) Action for Learning Partnership, Bedford Education Action Zone Order 1999—

3399

20th December

 laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

  

Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (England and Wales) Order 1999, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990;

3421

21st December

Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (England and Wales), laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

3422

21st December

Holders of Hereditary Peerages (Extension of the Franchise) (Transitional Provisions) Order 1999, laid under the House of Lords Act 1999;

3322

21st December

Building Regulations (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Building Act 1984;

3410

21st December

Merger Reference (Universal Foods Corporation and Pointing Holdings Limited) (Interim Provision) (Revocation) Order 1999, laid under the Fair Trading Act 1973;

3415

21st December

(i) Health Development Agency Regulations 1999—

3432

22nd December

(ii) Health Development Agency (Establishment and Constitution) Order 1999—

3431

 

 laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;

  

Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Scotland Act 1998;

3320

22nd December

(i) Water Industry (Prescribed Conditions) Regulations 1999—

3442

22nd December

(ii) Water Industry (Charges) (Vulnerable Groups) Regulations 1999—

3441

22nd December

 laid under the Water Industry Act 1991;

  

Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment etc.) Regulations 1999, laid under the Superannuation Act 1972;

3438

22nd December

Plant Protection Products (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

3430

22nd December

Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 1999, laid under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989;

3423

22nd December

(i) Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (Amendment - Greater London Authority) Regulations 1999—

3437

22nd December

(ii) Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Transitional and Consequential Finance Provisions) Order 1999—

3435

22nd December

 laid under the Greater London Authority Act 1999;

  

Local Authorities (Funds) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988;

3436

22nd December

Pet Travel Scheme (Pilot Arrangements) (England) Order 1999, laid under the Animal Health Act 1981;

3443

22nd December

Registration of Restrictive Trading Agreements (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1976;

3446

23rd December

(i) Telecommunications (Interconnection) (Carrier Pre-Selection) Regulations-

3448

29th December

(ii) Telecommunications (Interconnection) (Number Portability, etc.) Regulations 1999-

3449

29th December

 laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

  

Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Medicines Act 1968;

3463

30th December

Local Authorities (Funds) (England) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988;

3459

30th December

Land Registration (No. 3) Rules 1999, laid under the Land Registration Act 1925;

3462

30th December

Road Transport (Passenger Vehicles Cabotage) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

3413

6th January

Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2000, laid under the Housing Act 1996;

3

7th January

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (General) Amendment Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992;

4

7th January

Instruments not subject to parliamentary proceedings

  

Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment No. 6) Order 1999, laid under the Import, Export and Customs Powers (Defence) Act 1939;

3411

21st December

(i) Afghanistan (United Nations Sanctions) (Channel Islands) (Amendment) Order 1999—

3317

22nd December

(ii) Afghanistan (United Nations Amendment) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 1999—

3318

22nd December

 laid under the United Nations Act 1946;

  

Police (Secretary of State’s Objectives) (No. 3) Order 1999, laid under the Police Act 1996.

3424

4th January

37. Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Draft African Development Bank (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999;

    Draft International Development Association (Twelfth Replenishment) Order 1999;

    Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999;

    Draft Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999;

    Draft Census Order 2000.

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

    1. Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan Borough of Sefton) Order 2000, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991;      (8)

    2. Retailers’ Records for Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (7)

    3. Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Croydon Tramlink Class CR4000 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2000, laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995;      (6)

    4. Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Demand Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.      (5)

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

    1. Report for 1998-99 of British Shipbuilders, laid under the Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Act 1977;      

    2. Mortality Statistics for 1998: Cause, laid under the Registration Service Act 1953;

    3. Part A of the Supplementary Statements to the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund Accounts for 1998-99, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Loans Act 1968;

    4. Account for 1998-99 of the Commissioner for Protection Against Unlawful Industrial Action, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992;

    5. Accounts for 1998-99 of:

      (i) Hertfordshire Education Action Zone—

      (ii) Middlesborough Education Action Zone—

      (iii) N. Somerset Education Action Zone—

      (iv) Newcastle Education Action Zone—

    together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

    6. Account for 1998-99 of the Building Societies Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Building Societies Act 1986;

    7. Account for 1998-99 of the Friendly Societies Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Friendly Societies Act 1992;

    8. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965;

    9. Account for 1998-99 of the Pooling of Non-Domestic Rates and Redistribution to Local Authorities in Wales, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988;

    10. Income and Expenditure Account for 1997-98 of Training & Enterprise Councils and Chambers of Commerce, Training & Enterprise in England, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1866;

    11. Report for 1998-99 of the Rail Users’ Consultative Committee for Wales, laid under the Railways Act 1993;

    12. Report for 1998-99 of the Deer Commission for Scotland, laid under the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996;

    13. Statutory Account of Securities held for the National Insurance Fund at 31st March 1999, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992;

    14. (i)      Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Non-Effective Benefits and Family Pensions) Order 1999—      (—)

      (ii) Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pay and Allowances) Order 1999—      (—)

    laid under the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act 1865.

Private Business

40. United Reformed Church Bill [HL]—The Report from Her Majesty’s Attorney-General was presented.

41. Private Bills—The Examiners’ certificates that the Standing Orders applicable to the petitions for the following bills have been complied with were delivered and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer);

    Colchester Borough Council;

    Greenham and Crookham Commons;

    Mersey Tunnels.

Public Business

42. Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 to 8

Schedules 2 and 3

Clause 9;

    the motion was agreed to.

43. Care Standards Bill [HL]—The House 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 for a statement; the House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.

44. Statutory Instruments and Human Rights—The Viscount Colville of Culross asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they have checked all Statutory Instruments issued since May 1997 for compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights (and especially with Article 8, Right to respect for private and family life); and whether they will in future attach to every such Instrument a Statement of Compliance; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Bassam of Brighton.

45. Care Standards Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed after amendment 45.

The House was adjourned at sixteen minutes before eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

Cler: Parliamentor:

 
 
 
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