HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 24° Octobris 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln.
1. Lord AshcroftSir Michael Anthony Ashcroft, Knight, KCMG, having been created Baron Ashcroft, of Chichester in the County of West Sussex, for life by Letters Patent dated 20th October 2000, was introduced between the Lord Parkinson and the Lord Blyth of Rowington, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Appeal CommitteeThe 70th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made
Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Altun (AP) (Petitioner)That the petition be referred for hearing.
3. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
Foreign AffairsGovernment Response to the 8th Report of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Weapons of Mass Destruction. (4884)
4. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2000, laid under the Agriculture Act 1970. (2890)
5. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Accounts for 1999-2000 of the
(ii) Natural History Museum;
together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992;
2. Accounts for 1999-2000 of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Merseyside Museums and Galleries Order 1986;
3. Police authorities: code of practice on financial management, laid under the Police Act 1996;
4. Report for 1999-2000 of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992;
5. Report for 1998-1999 of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland, laid under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953;
6. Accounts for 1999-2000 of the
(i) National Lottery Charities Board;
(ii) National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts;
(iii) English Sports Council Lottery Distribution;
(iv) Arts Council of England Lottery Distribution;
together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;
7. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the New Opportunities Fund, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
8. Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Disability Rights Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999.
Select Committee Reports
6. Statutory InstrumentsThe 28th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2000;
Draft Jobseekers Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000;
Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000;
Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 2000;
Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Amendment of Section 10) Order 2000;
Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2000;
Draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 109)
7. European UnionThe 17th Report from the Select Committee, Enlargement and EU External Frontier Controls, was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed, together with the Minutes of Evidence. (HL Paper 110)
8. Criminal Justice and Court Services BillIt was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:
Clauses 1 to 4
Clauses 5 to 11
Clauses 12 to 19
Clauses 20 to 26
Clauses 27 to 63
Clauses 64 to 67
Clauses 68 to 71
Clauses 73 to 79;
the motion was agreed to.
9. Political Parties, Elections and Referendums BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the question that a clause stand part of the bill was negatived; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 118)
10. Freedom of Information BillThe 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 35 stood part.
The House was adjourned at twenty-one minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.