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Die Jovis 23° Martii 2000

The House met at three o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

Judicial Business

1. Lubbe and others (Respondents) v. Cape Industries plc (Petitioners)—The petition of Cape Industries plc praying that the Order made pursuant to the 8th Report (Session 1998-99) of the Appeal Committee on 14th December 1998, relating to the petition for leave to appeal in the said cause, be vacated was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

2. Appeal Committee—The 37th Report from the Appeal Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 49)


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

    1. Sport—Government Response to the 4th Report of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Wembley National Stadium;      (4686)

    2. Crime—Criminal Statistics for 1998: England and Wales;      (4649)

    3. Terrorism— International Conventions for the

      (i) Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism—      (4663)

      (ii) Suppression of Terrorist Bombings—      (4662)

    together with explanatory memoranda.

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

    1. Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2000, laid under the Scotland Act 1998;      (745)

    2. Parliamentary Commissioner Order 2000, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967;      (739)

    3. Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Modification) Order 2000, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 1998.      (741)

5. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations Regulations 2000, laid under the Reserve Forces Act 1996;      (—)

    2. Amendment 8 to AP 1296A of the Regulations for the Royal Air Force relating to the Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness, laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917;

    3. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982;

    4. Home Office Guidance on the Operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, laid under that Act;

    5. Security and Emergency Measures (Environment Agency) (England) Directions 2000, laid under the Water Resources Act 1991.

Public Business

6. Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—The bill was read a third time; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to (see division lists 1 and 2); further amendments were agreed to; an amendment was moved and an amendment thereto was agreed to (see division list 3); further amendments to the original amendment were agreed to; then the original amendment as amended was agreed to; a privilege amendment was agreed to; then the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.

7. Air Quality (England) Regulations 2000—It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 9th March be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

8. Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice: March 2000—It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the draft Code laid before the House on 9th March be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

9. Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transfer of NAO Staff etc.) Order 2000—It was moved by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale that the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved; the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at seventeen minutes before nine o’clock

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


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