HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 13° Junii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.
1. Heil (Petitioner) v. Rankin and others (Respondents)The petition of John Sidney Heil praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 19th April).
2. Lawson (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. London Borough of Tower Hamlets and others (Respondents)The petition of Richelle Terri Lawson praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged (lodged 5th June).
3. Optident Limited and another (Appellants) v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and another (Respondents)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 26th July next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
4. Turner (Respondent) v. Grovit 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 25th July next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
5. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. EnvironmentAarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters; (4736)
2. European UnionDevelopments in the European Union, July-December 1999; (4762)
(i) Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee (4764)
(ii) Government Response to the Report of the Intelligence and Security Committee (4765)
on the Security and Intelligence Agencies handling of information provided by Mr Mitrokhin.
6. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Housing Grants (Additional Purposes) (England) Order 2000, laid under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. (1492)
7. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Miscellaneous Duty Reliefs: Report for 1999-2000 by the Department of Trade and Industry, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
2. Report for 1998-99 of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, laid under the Prisons Act 1952;
3. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Greenwich Hospital and Travers Foundation, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Greenwich Hospital Act 1865.
Select Committee Reports
8. Statutory InstrumentsThe 21st Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000;
Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2000;
Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000;
Draft Contracts (Applicable Law) Act 1990 (Amendment) Order 2000;
Draft Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (Amendment) Order 2000;
Draft London Local Authorities (Charges for Stopping Up Orders) Regulations 2000;
Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2000;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 75)
9. European UnionThe 10th Report from the Select Committee, The World Trade Organisation: the EU mandate after Seattle, was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed, together with the Minutes of Evidence. (HL Paper 76)
10. Insolvency Bill [HL]It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that it be an instruction to the Grand Committee to whom the Insolvency Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:
Clauses 4 to 8
Clauses 9 to 17
the motion was agreed to.
11. Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation BillAfter debate, the bill was read a third time and passed.
12. Utilities BillThe House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); the House was resumed.
13. Road traffic casualtiesThe Lord Williams of Elvel asked Her Majestys Government whether they consider that the Road Traffic Act 1988 provides for sufficient penalties where the commitment of a minor offence, such as driving while uninsured, results in death or serious injury; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Whitty.
14. Utilities BillThe 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 after amendment 131.
The House was adjourned at ten minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.