HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 12° Julii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester.
1. Lord MorganKenneth Owen Morgan Esquire, having been created Baron Morgan, of Aberdyfi in the County of Gwynedd, for life by Letters Patent dated 12th June 2000, was introduced between the Lord Merlyn-Rees and the Lord Williams of Mostyn, 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 NoakesSheila Valerie Masters, DBE, having been created Baroness Noakes, of Goudhurst in the County of Kent, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 7th June 2000, was introduced between the Lord Harris of Peckham and the Baroness Wilcox, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Friday 14th July.
4. Regina v. Governor of Her Majestys Prison Brockhill (Appellant) ex parte Evans (A.P.) (Respondent)The respondents legal aid certificate was lodged.
5. Lubbe (suing as administrator of the estate of Rachel Jacoba Lubbe) and others and another (A.P.) (Appellants) v. Cape plc (Respondents) and 10 other actions
6. Lubbe and others (Respondents) v. Cape Industries plc (Appellants)
The legal aid certificate of Hendrik Afrika was lodged.
7. Appeal CommitteeThe 60th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following order was made
Kuwait Airways Corporation (Appellants) v. Iraqi Airways Company (Body Corporate) and others (Respondents)That the petition of the appellants praying that the Order of the House of 24th July 1995 might be varied be referred to the Appellate Committee.
8. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Social Security Report for 1999-2000 by the Secretary of State for Social Security on the Social Fund; (4755)
2. VisasExchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Moldova terminating the Exchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and the USSR concerning the mutual abolition of consular fees on visas; (4772)
3. AgricultureGovernment Response to the 4th Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Agriculture: Environmental Regulation and Farming. (4800)
9. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Education (Nutritional Standards for School Lunches) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. (1777)
10. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Public Trust Office, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
2. (i) Report for 1999-2000 of the Crown Estate
(ii) Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Crown Estate, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
laid under the Crown Estate Act 1961;
3. (i) Report for 1999 of the Audit Commission
(ii) Accounts for the year ended 31st October 1999 of the Audit Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
laid under the Audit Commission Act 1998;
4. Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Nature Conservancy Council for England, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990;
5. Report and Accounts for 1999 of the Church Commissioners for England, laid under the Church Commissioners Measure 1947;
6. European Parliament (United Kingdom Representatives) Pension Scheme, laid under the European Parliament (Pay and Pensions) Act 1979.
Select Committee Report
11. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe 25th Report from the Select Committee was made on the following bills:
Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill [HL]Amendments for Third Reading;
Postal Services BillGovernment amendment for Third Reading;
Criminal Justice and Court Services BillGovernment Response to the Committees 22nd Report;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 90)
12. Human RightsIt was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on:
(a) matters relating to human rights in the United Kingdom (but excluding consideration of individual cases);
and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said proposals or draft orders; and
(b) proposals for remedial orders, draft remedial orders and remedial orders made under section 10 of and laid under Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998; and
(c) in respect of draft remedial orders and remedial orders, whether the special attention of the House should be drawn to them on any of the grounds specified in Standing Order 73 (Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments);
to report to the House:
(a) in relation to any document containing proposals laid before the House under paragraph 3 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether a draft order in the same terms as the proposals should be laid before the House; or
(b) in relation to any draft order laid under paragraph 2 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether the draft Order should be approved;
to report to the House in respect of any original order laid under paragraph 4 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether:
(a) the order should be approved in the form in which it was originally laid before Parliament; or
and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said order or any replacement order;
(b) that the order should be replaced by a new order modifying the provisions of the original order; or
(c) that the order should not be approved,
the motion was agreed to; and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith and to seek their concurrence.
13. Government Resources and Accounts BillThe bill was read a third time; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 1); an amendment was agreed to (see division list 2); amendments were agreed to; then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons.
14. Regulation of Investigatory Powers BillThe report was received; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to (see division lists 3 and 4); further consideration on report was adjourned.
15. Millennium DomeThe Lord Lamont of Lerwick asked Her Majestys Government whether they will set up a Committee of Inquiry into the financing and operation of the Millennium Dome; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton.
16. Regulation of Investigatory Powers BillThe bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further consideration on report was adjourned after amendment 54A.
The House was adjourned at twenty-nine minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, three oclock.