HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 7° Martii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Wakefield.
1. Lord Powell of BayswaterSir Charles David Powell, Knight, KCMG, having been created Baron Powell of Bayswater, of Canterbury in the County of Kent, for life by Letters Patent dated 15th February 2000, was introduced between the Baroness Thatcher and the Lord Patten, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Lord BirtSir John Birt, Knight, having been created Baron Birt, of Liverpool in the County of Merseyside, for life by Letters Patent dated 11th February 2000, was introduced between the Baroness Jay of Paddington and the Lord Burns, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.
3. Stocznia Gdanska SA (Respondents) v. Latreefers Inc (Petitioners)The petition of Latreefers Inc praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4. Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and another (Respondents) v. Sergeant A (Petitioner)The petition of Sergeant A praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
5. In re Kumar (Petitioner) (application for a writ of Habeas Corpus)The petition of Surinder Kumar 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.
6. Cadogan Estates Limited (Respondents) v. McMahon (A.P.) (Appellant)The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
7. Appeal CommitteeThe 33rd Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made
Jarvis (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Hampshire County Council (Respondents)That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 10th March next.
8. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. HousingGovernments Response to the Seventeenth Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs: Housing PPG3; (4667)
2. Civil ListCivil List Pensions-List of New and Supplementary Pensions, laid under the Civil List Act 1972; ()
3. Executive AgenciesExecutive Agencies Report 1999; (4658)
4. Non-Departmental Public BodiesExecutive Non-Departmental Public Bodies Report 1999. (4657)
9. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000.
10. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) National Health Service (Dental Charges) Amendment Regulations 2000; (596)
(ii) National Health Service Trusts and Primary Care Trusts (Pharmaceutical Services Remuneration - Special Arrangement) Order 2000; (595)
(iii) National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000; (593)
(iv) National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Amendment Regulations 2000; (594)
laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;
2. (i) Medicines for Human Use and Medical Devices (Fees and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000; (592)
(ii) Animal Feedingstuffs from Belgium (Control) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000; (588)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
3. Community Legal Service (Funding) Order 2000, laid under the Access to Justice Act 1999; (627)
4. Food (Animal Products from Belgium) (Emergency Control) (England and Wales) Order 2000, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990. (587)
11. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Accounts for 1995-96 of the Severn Bridges Act 1992, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Severn Bridges Act 1992;
2. Statements for 1998-99 of the sums received and paid by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and of the sums credited and debited to the Investment Account by the National Debt Commissioners, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Insolvency Act 1986.
Select Committee Reports
12. Statutory InstrumentsThe 12th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000;
Draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000;
Draft Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000;
Draft Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000;
Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000;
Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000;
Draft Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000;
Draft Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000;
Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000;
Draft Social Security (Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2000;
Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to Social Security) Order 2000;
Draft Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000;
Draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 2000;
Draft Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transfer of NAO Staff etc.) Order 2000;
Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Order 2000;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 41)
13. European UnionThe 6th Report from the Select Committee, Prospects for the Lisbon Special European Council, was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed, together with the Minutes of Evidence. (HL Paper 42)
14. House of Lords ReformIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that this House takes note of the Report of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords A House for the Future (Cm 4534); after debate, the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at twenty minutes past eleven oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.