HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 19° Januarii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.
1. Kearney (Respondent) v. Dundon (Petitioner) (2000)The petition of Martin Mathew Patrick Dundon praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 3rd January 1999).
2. Ashworth Frazer Limited (Respondents) v. Gloucester City Council (Petitioners)The petition of Gloucester City Council praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3. UCB Home Loans Corporation Limited (Respondents) v. Moore and another (A.P.) (Appellant)
4. Barclays Bank plc (Respondents) v. Harris and another (A.P.) (Appellant)
5. National Westminster Bank plc (Respondents) v. Gill and Gill (A.P.) (Appellant)
6. Midland Bank plc (Respondents) v. Wallace and another (A.P.) (Appellant)
7. Royal Bank of Scotland (Respondents) v. Etridge (A.P.) (Appellant)
8. Loftus and others (Respondents) v. Etridge (A.P.) (Appellant) and another
The petition of the appellants praying that the appeals be conjoined, that they be allowed to lodge separate statements and cases and one appendix in respect of the six appeals and be separately represented and that the respondents have leave to lodge separate cases in respect of the six appeals and be separately represented (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
9. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) ex parte A (A.P.) (Respondent)The respondents legal aid certificate was lodged.
10. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Competition Commission
(i) CHC Helicopter Corporation and Helicopter Services Group ASA: A report on the merger situation; (4556)
(ii) Alanod Aluminium-Veredlung GmbH & Co and Matalloxyd Ano-Coil Ltd: A report on the proposed merger; (4545)
2. Social SecurityReport by the Government Actuary on the Financial Effects on the National Insurance Fund of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill 1999; (4573)
3. EnvironmentAir Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: Working Together for Clean Air. (4548)
11. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Competition Act 1998 (Determination of Turnover for Penalties) Order 2000;
2. Draft Competition Act 1998 (Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion) Order 2000.
Select Committee Report
12. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
3rd Report, on the following bills:
Healthcare Services Bill [HL];
Learning and Skills Bill [HL];
Census (Amendment) Bill [HL];
Local Government Bill [HL]Government Amendments for Committee Stage;
and requesting evidence on the proposal for the draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing and Licensing) Order 2000. (HL Paper 23)
13. Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [HL]The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with amendments; the amendments were considered and agreed to.
14. Deafblind Persons Bill [HL]A bill to make new provision for the welfare, care and assistance of deafblind persons was presented by the Lord Ashley of Stoke, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 19)
15. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Weatherill set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that in the name of the Earl of Sandwich to 2 hours; the motion was agreed to.
16. Pakistan (3-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Weatherill that there be laid before the House papers relating to the situation in Pakistan; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
17. Bonded labour and slavery (2-hour debate)It was moved by the Earl of Sandwich that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for action, bilaterally, and through inter-governmental organisations, to end bonded labour and all other contemporary forms of slavery; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
18. International development: anti-poverty strategyThe Lord Holme of Cheltenham asked Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to promote the creation of sustainable livelihoods as the spearhead of their anti-poverty strategy in the less developed countries; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Amos.
The House was adjourned at twenty minutes past ten oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.