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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Jovis 30° Novembris 2000

The House met at eleven o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lichfield.

1.  Earldom of Ormond and Earldom of Ossory in the Peerage of Ireland—The Lord Chancellor reported that Richard Henry Piers 17th Viscount Mountgarret in the Peerage of Ireland and Baron Mountgarret in the Peerage of the United Kingdom had not established his succession to the Earldom of Ormond and the Earldom of Ossory in the Peerage of Ireland; and that the petition was proper to be considered by the Committee for Privileges; and it was ordered that the petition be referred to the Committee for Privileges to report thereon.

Judicial Business

2.  Lewis (Petitioner) v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue and others (Respondents)—The petition of Barry David Lewis praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

Papers

3.  Instrument withdrawn—The following instrument, laid before the House on 1st November, was withdrawn:

    Draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000.

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

    1.      Transport—Government Response to “The Way Forward”, the Final Report of the Cleaner Vehicles Task Force;      (4932)

    2.      Finance—Government Response to the 10th Report of the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on the Audit Commission;      (4931)

    3.      Social Security—Report by the Government Actuary on the drafts of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 2000 and Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2001.      (4933)

5.  Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.      Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Fund Payments) Order 2001;

    2.      Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 2000;

    3.      Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase (No. 2) Order 2000.

6.  Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.      Road Transport (Passenger Vehicles Cabotage) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (3114)

    2.      Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Public Expenditure and Receipts Act 1968;      (3165)

    3.      Insurance Brokers Registration Council (Registration and Enrolment) (Amendment) Rules Approval Order 2000, laid under the Insurance Brokers (Registration) Act 1977;      (3163)

    4.      Education (Inner London Education Authority) (Property Transfer) (Modification) Order 2000, laid under the Education Reform Act 1988;      (3161)

    5.      Education (Grants) (Purcell School) Regulations 2000, laid under the Education Act 1996.      (3160)

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

    1.      Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Board, laid under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990;

    2.      Lottery Distribution Account for 1999-2000 of the United Kingdom Sports Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1998.

Public Business

8.  Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill—The bill was read a third time and passed.

9.  Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with one of the amendments disagreed to with a reason for such disagreement and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the reason was printed pursuant to Standing Order 50 (HL Bill 137); the reason was considered forthwith; the Lords amendment was not insisted on.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

10.  Disqualifications Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with one of the amendments disagreed to with a reason for such disagreement and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the reason was ordered to be printed (HL Bill 138).

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

11.  Disqualifications Bill—The Commons reason was considered; it was moved that the House do not insist on a Lords amendment to which the Commons have disagreed; an amendment thereto to leave out “not” was disagreed to (see division list); then the Lords amendment was not insisted on.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

12.  Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

13.  Royal Commission—The Lords Commissioners being seated, the Lord Chancellor in the middle with the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Jay of Paddington) and the Lord Marsh on his right-hand and the Lord Strathclyde and the Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank on his left and the Commons being present at the Bar with their Speaker, the Commission for Royal Assent and Prorogation dated this day was read.

14.  Royal Assent—The following Acts, passed by both Houses of Parliament, received Royal Assent:

Race Relations (Amendment) Actc.34
Children (Leaving Care) Actc.35
Freedom of Information Actc.36
Countryside and Rights of Way Actc.37
Transport Actc.38
Insolvency Actc.39
Protection of Animals Actc.40
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Actc.41
Disqualifications Actc.42
Criminal Justice and Court Services Actc.43

    and the following Act, passed in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, received Royal Assent:

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Actc.44

15.  The Queen’s Speech—The Queen’s Speech was delivered by the Lord Chancellor.

16.  Prorogation—Parliament was prorogued to Wednesday, 6th December next.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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