HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 19° Aprilis 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Rochester.
1. Earl of Mar and Kellie (Lord Erskine of Alloa Tower)James Thorne Earl of Mar and Kellie, having been created Baron Erskine of Alloa Tower, of Alloa in Clackmannanshire, for life by Letters Patent dated 9 oclock in the forenoon of 19th April 2000, took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede (Lord Ponsonby of Roehampton)Frederick Matthew Thomas Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, having been created Baron Ponsonby of Roehampton, of Shulbrede in the County of West Sussex, for life by Letters Patent dated noon on 19th April 2000, took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
Air Traffic ControlGovernment Response to the 3rd Report of the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on the Proposed Public-Private Partnership for National Air Traffic Services Limited. (4702)
4. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Greater London Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2000.
5. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Education (Student Support) Regulations 2000 (1121)
(ii) Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (1120)
laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998;
2. Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Conservation Measures) Order 2000, laid under the Fisheries Act 1981; (1081)
3. European Communities (Lawyers Practice) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (1119)
4. Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Commencement No. 6 and Preliminary Arrangements for the Metropolitan Police Authority) Order 2000, laid under the Greater London Authority Act 1999; (1095)
5. Woolwich Ferry Order 2000, laid under the Local Government Act 1985; (1044)
6. (i) Social Security (National Insurance Number Information: Exemption) Regulations 2000 (1082)
(ii) Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) Amendment Order 2000 (1091)
laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992;
7. (i) Pension Sharing (Safeguarded Rights) Regulations 2000 (1055)
(ii) Pension Sharing (Pension Credit Benefit) Regulations 2000 (1054)
(iii) Pensions on Divorce etc. (Provision of Information) Regulations 2000 (1048)
laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993;
8. (i) Pensions on Divorce etc. (Pension Sharing) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (1051)
(ii) Pension Sharing (Valuation) Regulations 2000 (1052)
(iii) Pensions on Divorce etc. (Charging) Regulations 2000; (1049)
laid under the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999;
Divorce etc. (Pensions) Regulations 2000, laid under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973; (1123)
Divorce etc. (Notification and Treatment of Pensions) (Scotland) Regulations 2000, laid under the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985; (1050)
Gas Act 1986 (General Restrictions on Disclosure of Information) (Modification) Order 2000, laid under the Gas Act 1986; (1122)
Pension Sharing (Implementation and Discharge of Liability) Regulations 2000, laid under the Pensions Act 1995. (1053)
6. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report for 1999-2000 of the Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints, laid under the Ombudsman (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 and the Commissioner for Complaints (Northern Ireland) Order 1996;
2. (i) Report and Accounts for 1st April-18th September 1996 of the Occupational Health and Safety Agency;
(ii) Report and Accounts for 1st April-30th September 1996 of the Recruitment and Assessment Services;
laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.
Select Committee Report
7. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
13th Report, on the following bills:
Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill;
Terrorism BillGovernment response. (HL Paper 59)
8. Postal Services BillA bill to establish the Postal Services Commission and the Consumer Council for Postal Services; to provide for the licensing of certain postal services and for a universal postal service; to provide for the vesting of the property, rights and liabilities of the Post Office in a company nominated by the Secretary of State and for the subsequent dissolution of the Post Office; to make further provision in relation to postal services; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 57)
9. Postal Services BillIt was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 57-EN)
10. Child Support, Pensions and Social Security BillIt was moved by the Lord Burlison, on behalf of the Baroness Hollis of Heigham, that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:
Clauses 2 to 6
Clauses 7 to 15
Clauses 79 and 80
Clauses 16 to 26
Clauses 27 to 31
Clauses 32 to 55
Clauses 56 to 66
Clauses 68 to 78
Clauses 81 and 82
Clauses 83 and 84;
the motion was agreed to.
11. Government Resources and Accounts BillIt was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the order of commitment of 10th April be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee; the motion was agreed to.
12. Procedure of the HouseIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the 2nd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 55) be agreed to; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
13. Disabled and elderly people (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Rix that there be laid before the House papers relating to the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, and to developments in the provision and planning of community care services for disabled and elderly people; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
14. Globalisation (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Borrie that there be laid before the House papers relating to the economic and social effects of globalisation and its impact on fair competition, employment conditions and the environment; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
15. Sports clubsThe Lord Addington asked Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to support amateur sports clubs in their work for the social development and health of the community; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.
The House was adjourned at ten minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.
The Reports and Accounts of the Occupational Health and Safety Agency and of the Recruitment and Assessment Services, which appear in todays Minutes of Proceedings as item 6.2, were incorrectly laid yesterday. Items 5.1.(i) and (ii) of yesterdays Minutes of Proceedings should therefore be deleted.