HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 22° Martii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.
1. Clark (Her Majestys Inspector of Taxes) (Petitioner) v. Trustees of the British Telecom Pension Scheme and others (Respondents)The petition of Paul Alexander Clark praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
2. Regina v. London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and others (Respondents) ex parte Trustees of CPRE, London Branch (Petitioners)The petition of the Trustees of CPRE, London Branch praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3. Mohamed (Respondent) v. London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (Petitioners)The petition of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4. Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Appellants) (First Appeal)
5. Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Appellants) (Second Appeal)
The petition of the appellants praying that the appeals be conjoined, that they be allowed to lodge separate statements and cases and one appendix in respect of the two appeals and be separately represented and that the respondents have leave to lodge separate cases in respect of the two appeals (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
6. Bettison and others (Respondents) v. Langton and others (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 3rd May next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
7. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Commercial DebtsExchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Bolivia concerning certain commercial debts; (4641)
2. European CommunitiesPartnership and Co-operation agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Kazakhstan, of the other part; (4627)
3. HousingAccounts for 1998-99 of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; (4681)
4. BBCGovernment Response to the 3rd Report of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, on the funding of the BBC; (4674)
5. Competition CommissionNTL Incorporated and Cable & Wireless Communications plc: A report on the proposed acquisition. (4666)
8. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2000.
9. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Agricultural or Forestry Tractors and Tractor Components (Type Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (828)
2. Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995; (836)
3. Education Maintenance Allowance (Pilot Areas) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Education Act 1996; (838)
4. National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977. (837)
10. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debate on the motion in the name of the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that in the name of the Baroness Park of Monmouth to 2 hours; the motion was agreed to.
11. Consolidation BillsA message was brought from the Commons that they agree that the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills should meet at a quarter-past four oclock on Tuesday 28th March.
12. Census (Amendment) Bill [HL]It was ordered that a message be sent to the Commons to request that the Commons may be pleased to return the bill because clause 2 is incorrect.
13. Africa (3-hour debate)It was moved by the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey that there be laid before the House papers relating to the opportunities and challenges in Africa and the ways in which the United Kingdom can enhance economic growth both in that continent and at home; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
14. Northern Ireland (2-hour debate)It was moved by the Baroness Park of Monmouth that there be laid before the House papers relating to the intrinsic issues in Northern Ireland; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
15. Census (Amendment) Bill [HL]The bill was returned from the Commons pursuant to the message of this day.
16. Disabled peopleThe Baroness Wilkins asked Her Majestys Government what plans they have for the future of personal assistance support for disabled people of working age in order to further the Governments policies for independent living, welfare to work and the prevention of social exclusion; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham.
The House was adjourned at twenty-seven minutes past ten oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.