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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Veneris 17° Martii 2000

The House met at eleven o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

Judicial Business

1. Woolwich plc (Respondents) v. Gomm (A.P.) (Petitioner) and another—The petition of Lorna Margaret Gomm praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged (lodged 15th March).

Papers

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

    1. Headquarters Agreements—Exchange of Notes amending the Headquarters Agreements between the United Kingdom and the:

      (i) International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund 1992;      (4639)

      (ii) International Whaling Commission;      (4637)

      (iii) International Sugar Organization;      (4636)

      (iv) International Rubber Study Group;      (4635)

      (v) International Maritime Organization (previously known as the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization);      (4634)

      (vi) International Grains Council (previously known as the International Wheat Council;      (4633)

      (vii) Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation;      (4632)

    2. Marine Pollution—Exchange of Notes amending the Agreement relating to the Commissions established by the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft 1972 and the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources 1974.      (4638)

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

    1. Genetically Modified and Novel Foods (Labelling) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990;      (768)

    2. Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Gatwick Express Class 460 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2000, laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995;      (770)

    3. Avon and Western Wiltshire Mental Health Care National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2000, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977.      (658)

    4. Rates (Regional Rates) Order (Northern Ireland) 2000, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000.      (—)

Public Business

4. Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with to enable the remaining stages of the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill to be taken on Monday next; the motion was agreed to.

5. European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Pearson of Rannoch 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.

6. Copyright and Trade Marks Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord McNally that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn; then the bill was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

7. Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000—

8. Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—

9. Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—

10. Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—

11. Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—

12. Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—

13. Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Regulations and Orders laid before the House on 29th February and 2nd March be approved en bloc; the motion was agreed to.

14. Social Security (Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2000—It was moved by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1st March be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

15. Contracting Out (Functions relating to Social Security) Order 2000—It was moved by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham that the draft Order laid before the House on 1st March be approved; the motion was agreed to.

16. Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Penalties) Regulations 2000—It was moved by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd February be approved; the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at thirteen minutes past six o’clock

to Monday next, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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