HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 6° Martii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Wakefield.
1. Fernhill Mining Limited (Respondents) v. Kier Construction Limited (Petitioners)The petition of Kier Construction Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 28th February).
2. Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Petitioners) v. Plantiflor Limited (Respondents)The petition of Her Majestys Commissioners of Customs and Excise praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 3rd March).
3. Palacegate Properties Limited (Petitioners) v. Receiver for the Metropolitan Police District (Respondent)The petition of Palacegate Properties Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4. Regina v. Smith (Respondent) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
5. Delaware Mansions Limited and others (Respondents) v. Lord Mayor and Citizens of the City of Westminster (Appellants)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 19th April next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
6. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
Environment - Code of Practice on Conservation, Access and Recreation: Guidance for the Environment Agency and Water and Sewerage Undertakers. ()
7. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Central Rating Lists (England) Regulations 2000, (525)
(ii) Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Settlements) (England) (Amendment) Order 2000, (521)
(iii) Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, (520)
laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988;
2. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Fees) Order 2000, laid under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; (480)
3. Water and Sewerage (Conservation, Access and Recreation) (Code of Practice) Order 2000, laid under the Water Industry Act 1991; (477)
4. Social Fund Maternity and Funeral Expenses (General) Amendment Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (528)
5. Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. (576)
8. Bank of England Monetary Policy CommitteeIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that a Select Committee be appointed to consider the operation of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and to make recommendations; and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:
L. Forsyth of Drumlean
L. Roll of Ipsden
That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;
That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;
That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;
That the Committee do meet on Tuesday 7th March at quarter-past four oclock;
the motion was agreed to.
9. Financial Services and Markets BillIt was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Financial Services and Markets Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:
Clauses 2 to 20
Clauses 21 to 29
Schedules 3 and 4
Clauses 30 to 34
Clauses 35 to 39
Clauses 40 to 72
Clauses 73 to 85
Clauses 87 to 98
Clauses 99 to 106
Clauses 107 to 123
Clauses 124 to 153
Clauses 154 to 156
Clauses 157 to 196
Clauses 197 to 219
Clauses 220 to 324
Clauses 325 to 407
Schedules 18 and 19
the motion was agreed to.
10. Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill [HL]The bill was read a third time; a privilege amendment was agreed to; then the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.
11. Representation of the People BillThe bill was read a third time; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
12. Greater London Authority Elections (Expenses) Order 2000It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the draft Order laid before the House on 28th February be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
13. Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [HL]The report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 45)
14. Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 2000It was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton that the draft Order laid before the House on 28th February be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
15. European Southern ObservatoryThe Lord Tanlaw asked Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to allow expeditious participation in the European Southern Observatory (ESO); after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.
The House was adjourned at three minutes past nine oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.