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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 22° Novembris 1999

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

1. Lord Windlesham (Lord Hennessy)—The Rt Hon. David James George Lord Windlesham, having been created Baron Hennessy, of Windlesham in the County of Surrey, for life by Letters Patent dated 11 o’clock in the evening of 16th November 1999, took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

2. County Natwest Limited (Petitioners) v. Barton and others (Petitioners)—The petition of County Natwest Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 13th August).

3. Regina v. Department for Education and Employment (Respondents) ex parte Begbie (by her mother and litigation friend Rachel Begbie) (Petitioner)—The petition of Heather Charis Begbie praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

4. In re Registered Trade Marks Numbers 1,110,133; 1,213,807; 1,377,082; 1,377,083; 1,377,084; 1,377,085; 1,461,972; and 1,461,973 in the name of Bach Flower Remedies Limited (Petitioners) and in re an application by Healing Herbs Limited (Respondents) for a declaration of invalidity in respect thereof—The petition of Bach Flower Remedies Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

5. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) ex parte A (Respondent) (On appeal from the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

6. Bank of Credit and Commerce International (Overseas) Limited (In Liquidation) and others (Respondents) v. Price Waterhouse and others and Ernst & Whinney and others (Petitioners)—Upon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.

7. Medforth (Respondent) v. Jones and another (Petitioners)—Upon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.

Papers

8. Instrument withdrawn—The following instrument, laid before the House on 4th November, was withdrawn:

    Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999.

9. Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.      Pollution—Protocol to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution concerning the Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds or their Transboundary Fluxes; (19th November)      (4517)

    2.      Regulatory Impact Assessments—Regulatory Impact Assessments for 1st January-30th June 1999. (22nd November)      (4478)

10. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)—The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 19th November, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Greater London Magistrates’ Courts Authority (Constitution) Regulations 1999, laid under the Justices of the Peace Act 1997;      (3099)

    2. Portland Harbour Fishery (Variation) Order 1999, laid under the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967;      (3049)

    3. Occupational Pension Schemes (Contracting-out) (Amount Required for Restoring State Scheme Rights) Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993;      (3069)

    4. (i)      Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) Regulations 1999—      (3107)

      (ii) Good Laboratory Practice Regulations 1999—      (3106)

    laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

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

    Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999.

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

    1. Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security (Contributions and Benefits) Act 1992;      (3109)

    2. Social Security (Claims and Information) Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992;      (3108)

    3. Homelessness (Asylum-Seekers) (Interim Period) (England) Order 1999, laid under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;      (3126)

    4. Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 1999, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992;      (3123)

    5. Conservation of Seals (England) Order 1999, laid under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970;      (3052)

    6. (i)      Railways (Alternative Closure Procedure) (Amendment) Order 1999—      (3113)      

      (ii) Docklands Light Railway (Lewisham Extension) (Exemptions) Order 1999—      (3112)

      (iii) Docklands Light Railway (Miscellaneous Closure Exemptions) Order 1999—      (3111)

    laid under the Railways Act 1993.

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

    Reports for 1998-99 of the:

      (i) Sports Council for Wales and SPORTLOT—

      (ii) Arts Council of Wales—

    laid under the National Lottery Act 1993.

Select Committee Report

14. Committee of Selection—The First Report of the Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 2)

Private Business

15. Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [HL]—The Chairman of Committees acquainted the House that, pursuant to the resolution of 2nd November, the bill had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declaration of the agent; the bill was presented, read a first time, passed though all its remaining stages pro forma and sent to the Commons.

16. London Local Authorities Bill [HL]—The Chairman of Committees acquainted the House that, pursuant to the resolution of 28th October, the bill had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declaration of the agent; the bill was presented, read a first time, passed though all its remaining stages pro forma and sent to the Commons.

17. Alliance and Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]—

18. United Reformed Church Bill [HL]—

    The Chairman of Committees acquainted the House that, pursuant to the resolutions of 5th November, the bills had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declarations of the agents; the bills were presented, read a first time, passed though all their remaining stages pro forma and sent to the Commons.

19. City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]—

20. Kent County Council Bill [HL]—

21. Medway Council Bill [HL]—

    The Chairman of Committees acquainted the House that, pursuant to the resolutions of 4th November, the bills had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declarations of the agents; the bills were presented, read a first time, read a second time pro forma and reported from the Unopposed Bill Committees.

22. City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997—A message was received from the Commons that they have appointed a committee of three members to join with a committee of this House as the joint committee to which the Petitions of General Objection against the Order stand referred.

Public Business

23. The Queen’s Speech—The debate was resumed on the motion that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty and on the amendment moved by the Lord Strathclyde, at the end of the Address to insert “but regret the failure of Your Majesty’s Government to reduce the burden of taxation and regulation and deplore the incoherence and the lack of vision of the measures proposed by Your Majesty’s Government for the coming Session of Parliament”; after further debate, the debate was again adjourned till tomorrow.

The House was adjourned at three minutes past eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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