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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 15° Februarii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of London.

1. Baroness Greengross—Sally Ralea Greengross, OBE, having been created Baroness Greengross, of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for life by Letters Patent dated 10th February 2000, was introduced between the Baroness Pitkeathley and the Lord Evans of Watford, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

2. Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Respondents) v. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Petitioners) (England)—The appeal of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 28th March next.

3. 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 20th March next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

4. Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 10th Report—

    Porter (Petitioner) v. Magill (Respondent) and one other action—That the petition be referred for hearing.

5. Appeal Committee—The following Orders were made pursuant to the 17th Report—

    Byrne (Respondent) v. Inntrepreneur Beer Supply Company Limited (formerly known as Courage Limited) (Petitioners)—That the petition be referred for hearing.

    Byrne (Petitioner) v. Inntrepreneur Beer Supply Company Limited (formerly known as Courage Limited) (Respondents)—That the petition be referred for hearing.

Papers

6. Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Armed Forces—Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body Twenty-Ninth Report 2000;      (4565)

    2. Salary Review Bodies—Review Body on Senior Salaries Twenty-Second Report on Senior Salaries;      (4567)

    (ii) European Union—IGC: Reform for Enlargement: The British Approach to the European Union Intergovernmental Conference 2000;      (4595)

    3. Minimum Wage—Second Report of the Low Pay Commission: the National Minimum Wage: The Story So Far;      (4571)

    4. Children in care—Report and Summary of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former county council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974.      (—)

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

    1. (i)    Greater London Authority (Allocation of Grants for Precept Calculations) Regulations 2000,    (343)

      (ii) Greater London Authority (Elections and Acceptance of Office) Order 2000,      (308)

    laid under the Greater London Authority Act 1999;

    2. Personal Injuries (Civilians) Amendment Scheme 2000, laid under the Personal Injuries (Emergency Provisions) Act 1939.    (301)

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

    1. Report and Accounts 1998-99 of the Highways Agency, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;

    2. Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for 1998-1999, of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Chelsea Hospital Act 1876;

    3. Account of the Research Council’s Pension Schemes 1998-99, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965;

    4. Accounts of the Accounts Commission for Scotland for the year ended 31st October 1999, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973;

    5. Accounts of the Plymouth Education Action Zone 1998-99 together with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Select Committee Reports

9. House of Lords’ Offices—The 3rd Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 32)

10. Statutory Instruments—The 10th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instrument:

      Draft Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 31)

11. European Union—The following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed, together with the Minutes of Evidence:

    Reforming EC Competition Procedures; (4th Report-HL Paper 33)

    UK participation in the Schengen Acquis. (5th Report-HL Paper 34)

Public Business

12. Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) Bill [HL]—A bill to establish a Commission to make proposals for the conferment of life peerages under the Life Peerages Act 1958 was presented by the Lord Kingsland, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 34)

13. Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) Bill [HL]—The bill was read a third time and passed and sent to the Commons.

14. Representation of the People Bill—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 for a statement; 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 and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 35)

15. Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—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.

16. Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000—It was moved by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham that the draft Order laid before the House on 31st January be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

17. Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2000—It was moved by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham that the draft Order laid before the House on 31st January be approved; the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

18. Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed after clause 97 stood part.

The House was adjourned at twenty-one minutes past midnight

in the morning of Wednesday 16th February

till later the same day, half-past two o’clock in the afternoon.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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