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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 30° Novembris 1999

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lichfield.

1. Bishop of Portsmouth—Kenneth William Lord Bishop of Portsmouth was introduced between the Lord Bishop of Birmingham and the Lord Bishop of Guildford; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2. Bishop of Derby—Jonathan Sansbury Lord Bishop of Derby was introduced between the Lord Bishop of Lichfield and the Lord Bishop of Guildford; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

3. White (A.P.) (Appellant) v. White and the Motor Insurers Bureau (Respondents)—The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 11th January next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

4. Royal Bank of Scotland (Respondents) v. Etridge (A.P.) (Appellant)—The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 27th December next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 15th November).

5. Loftus and others (Respondents) v. Etridge (A.P.) (Appellant) and another—The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 27th December next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 15th November).

6. Appeal Committee—The 6th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    In re H (a minor) (1999)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 6th December next.

Papers

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

    1. Aviation Safety—Government Response to the 14th Report of the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, session 1998-99, on Aviation Safety;      (4539)

    2. European Union—Developments in the European Union, January-June 1999;      (4531)

    3. Child Support—Government Reply to the 10th Report of the House of Commons Social Security Committee, session 1998-99, on the 1999 Child Support White Paper.      (4536)

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

    1. Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients (Amendment) (England) Regulations 1999, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990;      (3182)

    2. Registered Designs (Amendment) Rules 1999, laid under the Registered Designs Act 1949;      (3196)

    3. Patents (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 1999, laid under the Patents Act 1977;      (3197)

    4. Design Right (Proceedings before Comptroller) (Amendment) Rules 1999, laid under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988;      (3195)

    5. Dangerous Substances and Preparations (Safety) (Consolidation) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Consumer Protection Act 1987;      (3193)

    6. Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (3194)

    7. Tax Credits (New Deal Pilot Consequential Amendments) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992;      (3188)

    8. Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 1999, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993.      (3159)

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

    1. Account for 1998-99 of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Law Reform and Miscellaneous Provisions (Scotland) Act 1990;

    2. Report for 1998-99 of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, laid under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984;

    3. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Police Act (Northern Ireland) 1972.

10. Instrument coming into operation before being laid—The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that he had received, under the proviso to section 4(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946, notification that the following instrument had come into operation before being laid before Parliament, with an explanation thereof; the notification and explanation were ordered to lie on the Table:

    Tax Credits (New Deal Pilot Consequential Amendments) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 1999.      (3188)

Select Committee Report

11. Statutory Instruments—The 2nd Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Appointed Day) Order 1999;

      Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 1999;

      Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) Regulations 1999;

      Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 6)

Private Business

12. 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 ordered that the Committee appointed to join with the Committee of this House as the Joint Committee to consider the Petitions of General Objection against the City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 have leave to visit and inspect the site of the proposed by-pass, and other sites named in the order, provided that no evidence shall be taken in the course of such visit and that any party who has made an Appearance before the Committee be permitted to attend by their Counsel or Agent or other representative.

Public Business

13. Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) Bill [HL]—A bill to make provision for hedgerows in residential areas to be a statutory nuisance was presented by the Baroness Gardner of Parkes, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 10)

14. Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Appointed Day) Order 1999—It was moved by the Lord Dubs that the draft Order laid before the House on 29th November be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

15. Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn 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.

16. Nuclear Safeguards Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey 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.

17. Eritrea and Ethiopia—The Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to help solve the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal.

The House was adjourned at twenty-six minutes before nine o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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