HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 22° Februarii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
1. Lord JoffeJoel Goodman Joffe Esquire, CBE, having been created Baron Joffe, of Liddington in the County of Wiltshire, for life by Letters Patent dated 16th February 2000, was introduced between the Lord Judd and the Lord Haskel, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.
2. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Monday 28th February.
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 appeals were set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
9. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
HealthMinute dated 22nd February 2000 concerning liabilities proposed to be accepted by the Secretary of State for Health in connection with the commercial partnership between the National Blood Authority and Haemacure. ()
10. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
(ii) Draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Penalties) Regulations 2000;
(iii) Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000.
11. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Food (Peanuts from Egypt) (Emergency Control) (England and Wales) Order 2000, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990; (375)
2. Tax Credits Schemes Amendment (Education Maintenance Allowance) Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (421)
3. (i) South of England Virtual Education Action Zone (No.2) Order 2000 (423)
(ii) North West Shropshire Education Action Zone (No.2) Order 2000 (422)
laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
12. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Treasury Minute dated 22nd February 2000 on the application of certain receipts as appropriations in aid of the votes specified in the spring supplementary estimates for 1999-2000, laid under the Public Accounts and Charges Act 1891;
2. Report for 1998-99 of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965.
13. Registration of InterestsThe Register of Lords Interests, prepared by the Clerk of the Parliaments pursuant to the Resolution of 7th November 1995, was ordered to lie on the Table and to be printed. (HL Paper 37)
14. Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]The bill was read a second time and referred to the Examiners.
15. Colchester Borough Council Bill [HL]The bill was read a second time and committed to a Select Committee.
16. Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners Bill [HL]A bill to make provision for new procedures for the suspension of hospital medical practitioners was presented by the Baroness Knight of Collingtree, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 37)
17. Greater London Authority (Disqualification) Order 2000It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd February be approved; the motion was agreed to.
18. Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd February be approved; then it was moved by the Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish, as an amendment thereto, to leave out all the words after That and insert this House declines to approve the draft Order laid before it on 3rd February and calls on Her Majestys Government to lay an Order which provides that candidates are allowed one freepost delivery per household; after debate, the amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); then the original motion, as amended, was agreed to.
19. Greater London Authority Elections Rules 2000It was moved by the Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Rules, laid before the House on 8th February, be annulled (S.I. 2000/208); the motion was agreed to (see division list 2); it was ordered that the Address be presented to Her Majesty by the Captain of the Gentleman at Arms.
20. Electronic Communications BillIt was moved by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville 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.
The House was adjourned at four minutes before nine oclock
till tomorrow, ten oclock for judicial business,
eleven oclock for public business.