HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 29° Novembris 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lichfield.
1. Lord MacKenzie of CulkeinHector Uisdean MacKenzie Esquire, having been created Baron MacKenzie of Culkein, of Assynt in Highland, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 4th August 1999, was introduced between the Lord Mackay of Clashfern and the Lord Sawyer, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Regina v. Wandsworth County Court (Respondents) ex parte Saldanha (Petitioner)The petition of Maria Conceicao Saldanha praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 25th November).
3. Starling (Petitioner) v. Lloyds Bank TSB plc (Respondents)The petition of Kenneth Victor Starling praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4. In re H (a minor) (1999)The petition of the mother praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The mothers legal aid certificate was lodged.
5. Islam and another and another (Petitioner) v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent)The petition of Taz Ashraf Miah praying for an extension of time within which the petition may be lodged and for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960, was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
6. Instrument withdrawnThe following instrument, laid before the House on 4th November, was withdrawn:
Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1999.
7. Command PapersThe 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. Arts and LibrariesReport for 1998-99 of the Reviewing Committee on Export of Works of Art; (26th November) (4466)
2. Genetically Modified Organisms
(i) Government Response to the 5th Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Environmental Audit, Session 1998-99, on Genetically Modified Organisms and the Environment: Co-ordination of Government Policy; (26th November) (4528)
(ii) Government Response to the first Report of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Session 1998-99, on the Scientific Advisory System for Genetically Modified Foods; (26th November) (4527)
3. FinanceReport and Accounts for 1998-99 of the Property Advisers to the Civil Estate. (29th November) ()
8. Statutory Instrument (Standing Order 70)The following negative instrument, having been laid before the House on 26th November, was ordered to lie on the Table:
Consumer Credit (Total Charge for Credit, Agreements and Advertisements) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Consumer Credit Act 1974. (3177)
9. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 1999;
2. Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Appointed Day) Order 1999.
10. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. National Health Service (Choice of Medical Practitioner) Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977; (3179)
2. (i) Yugoslavia (Prohibition of Flights) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (3166)
(ii) Telecommunications (Appeals) Regulations 1999 (3180)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
3. (i) Draft Charities (Corporation of the Hall of Arts and Sciences) Order 1999
(ii) Draft Charities (Boxmoor Estate, Hemel Hempstead) Order 1999
laid under the Charities Act 1993;
4. Education (School Day and School Year) (England) Regulations 1999, laid under the Education Act 1996; (3181)
5. Civil Courts (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 1999, laid under the Supreme Court Act 1981. (3187)
11. 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 1998-99 of the British Railways Board, laid under the Transport Act 1962;
2. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of English Partnerships, laid under the New Towns Act 1981.
12. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that, in the event that one or more statutory instruments relating to Northern Ireland are laid before the House this week, a motion or motions to approve them may, notwithstanding the practice of the House, be moved forthwith; and that Standing Order 72 (Affirmative Instruments) be dispensed with to enable the motion or motions to be taken, notwithstanding that no report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments on the instruments has been laid before the House; the motion was agreed to.
13. Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL]It was moved by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
14. Postal Privilege (Suspension) Order 1999 (Revocation) Order 1999It was moved by the Lord Skelmersdale that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Postal Privilege (Suspension) Order 1999 (Revocation) Order 1999, laid before the House on 20th October, be annulled (S.I. 1999/2863); after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
The House was adjourned at seven minutes past six oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.