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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 23° Maii 2000

The House met at half-past two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

1. Lord Parekh—Bhikhu Chhotalal Parekh Esquire, having been created Baron Parekh, of Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 10th May 2000, was introduced between the Baroness Blackstone and the Lord Plant of Highfield, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.

2. Baroness Walmsley—Joan Margaret Walmsley, having been created Baroness Walmsley, of West Derby in the County of Merseyside, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 15th May 2000, was introduced between the Lord McNally and the Lord Rennard, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

3. Chief Adjudication Officer (Respondent) v. Stafford and another (Appellant) (England)—The appeal of Daniel John Banks was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 4th July next.

4. Haystead (Petitioner) v. Chief Constable of Derbyshire (Respondent)—The petition of John Andrew Haystead praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

5. Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Respondents) v. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Appellants)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

6. Aneco Reinsurance Underwriting Limited (in liquidation) (a body incorporated under the laws of Bermuda) (Respondents) v. Johnson & Higgins Limited (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 5th July next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

Papers

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

    1. Air services—agreement between the United Kingdom and Fiji concerning air services;      (4718)

    2. WTO—agreement establishing the Advisory Centre on WTO law;      (4721)

    3. Export controls—Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment No.3) Order 2000.      (—)

8. Negative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Air Navigation (Cosmic Radiation) (Keeping of Records) Regulations 2000, laid under the Civil Aviation Act 1982.      (1380)

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

    Report for 1999-2000 of the Certification Officer, laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992;

    Accounts for 1998-99 of the House of Commons Members’ Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the House of Commons Members’ Fund Act 1939;

    Supreme Court of Judicature Northern Ireland Land Purchase Account for 1998-99, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Northern Ireland Land Purchase (Winding Up) Act 1935;

    Statement of salaries of the chairman and members of the board of English Tourism from 1st April 2000, laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969.

Select Committee Report

10. Statutory Instruments—The 20th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000;

      Draft Northern Ireland (Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism Provisions) (Continuance) Order 2000;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 71)

Public Business

11. European Parliamentary Elections Bill [HL]—A bill to consolidate the European Parliamentary Elections Acts 1978, 1993 and 1999 was presented by the Lord Chancellor, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 71)

12. Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill—A bill to amend the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993 was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 75)

13. Royal Parks (Trading) Bill—A bill to make provision about certain offences under section 2 of the Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1926 was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 73)

14. Royal Parks (Trading) Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 73-EN)

15. Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill—A bill to ensure the validity of charges made in the administration of certain grant schemes relating to sea fishing was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 72)

16. Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 72-EN)

17. Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill—A bill to make provision for the disclosure of certain information for purposes connected with television licences was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 74)

18. Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 74-EN)

19. Nuclear Safeguards Bill [HL]—The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to.

20. Insolvency Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, that the order of commitment of 4th April be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee; the motion was agreed to.

21. Terrorism Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed for a statement; the House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.

22. Iraq—The Lord Islwyn asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give further consideration to the removal of sanctions against Iraq; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal.

23. Terrorism Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed after clause 64 stood part.

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

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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