HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 8° Martii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Wakefield.
1. Horvath (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Intervener) (England)The appeal of Milan Horvath was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 19th April next. The appellants legal aid certificate was lodged.
2. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Investment ProtectionExchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Malta for the promotion and protection of investments; (4600)
2. IndustryAgreement between the United Kingdom and Israel on bilateral co-operation in private sector industrial research and development. (4599)
3. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Local Authorities (Members Allowances) (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2000, laid under the Local Government Act 1972; (623)
2. Public Telecommunication System Designation (Telemonde Networks Limited) Order 2000, laid under the Telecommunications Act 1984; (591)
3. Civil Aviation (Navigation Services Charges) Regulations 2000, laid under the Civil Aviation Act 1982; (599)
4. (i) National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000 (601)
(ii) National Health Service Supplies Authority (Establishment and Constitution) Amendment Order 2000 (603)
(iii) National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Amendment Regulations 2000 (602)
laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;
5. (i) Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations 2000 (526)
(ii) Social Security Benefits Up-rating and Miscellaneous Increases Regulations 2000 (527)
laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;
6. Housing Benefit (Permitted Totals) (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992; (533)
7. Banking Act 1987 (Exempt Transactions) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Banking Act 1987; (635)
8. Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949; (630)
9. Solicitors (Compensation for Inadequate Professional Services) Order 2000, laid under the Solicitors Act 1974; (644)
10. Licensed Conveyancers (Compensation for Inadequate Professional Services) Order 2000, laid under the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990; (643)
11. (i) Non-Contentious Probate Fees (Amendment) Order 2000 (642)
(ii) Supreme Court Fees (Amendment) Order 2000 (641)
laid under the Supreme Court Act 1981;
12. County Court Fees (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the County Courts Act 1984; (639)
13. Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Insolvency Act 1986. (640)
14. National Health Service (Injury Benefits) Amendment Regulations 2000, laid under the Superannuation Act 1972; (606)
15. Buying Agency Trading Fund (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973. (648)
4. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Licence granted by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to Telemonde Networks Limited, laid under the Telecommunications Act 1984;
2. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks) Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Marine and Aviation (War Risks) Act 1972;
3. Changes to the Regulations for the Naval and Marine Reserve, laid under the Reserve Forces Act 1996;
4. Injuries in War (Shore Employments) Compensation (Amendment) Scheme 2000, laid under the Injuries in War Compensation Act 1914. (626)
Select Committee Report
5. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
8th Report, on the following bills:
Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill;
European Communities (Amendment) Bill [HL];
Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners Bill [HL];
Financial Services and Markets BillGovernment Response. (HL Paper 43)
6. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Bramall set down for today shall be limited to 2½ hours and that in the name of the Lord Palmer to 4 hours; the motion was agreed to.
7. Defence (2½-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Bramall that there be laid before the House papers relating to the state of the nations defences in the light of the Defence White Paper (Cm 4446); after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
8. Agriculture (4-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Palmer that there be laid before the House papers relating to the economics of agriculture within the United Kingdom; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
9. Cheques (Scotland) Bill [HL]It was moved by the Viscount Younger of Leckie 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 twenty-eight minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.