HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 22° Junii 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Leicester.
1. Leave of Absence - It was ordered that leave of absence be granted to the Lord Hunt for the remainder of this Parliament.
2. Agnew (Suing on his own behalf and in a representative capacity on behalf of all members of Lloyds Syndicates 672, 79, 1023 and 590) and others (Respondents) v. Länsförsäkringsbolagens AB (Appellants) (England) The appeal of Länsförsäkringsbolagens AB was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 3rd August next.
3. London Underground Limited (Petitioners) v. Edwards (Respondent) The petition of London Underground Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4. IM Properties plc (Petitioners) v. Cape & Dalgleish (a firm) (Respondents) The petition of IM Properties plc praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
5. Hamptons Residential Limited (Respondents) v. Field (on his own behalf and on behalf of the members of syndicates numbered 113, 204, 210, 235, 279, 316, 322, 365, 456, 490, 650, 657, 702, 818, 821, 839, 989, 1048, 1069, 1095 and 1127 at Lloyds) and 24 others (Petitioners) The petition of Roger Anthony Field on behalf of himself and others praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
6. Bruton (A.P.) (Appellant) v. London and Quadrant Housing Trust (Respondents) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
7. Fuji Finance Inc. (Appellants) v. Aetna Life Insurance Company Limited and others (Respondents) The petition of the appellants was presented praying that the appeal be withdrawn on the terms agreed between the parties, that there be no order as to costs and that the sum of £18,000.00 paid into the House of Lords Security Fund Account might be repaid to the appellants agents (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto); and it was ordered as prayed.
8. Appeal CommitteeThe 79th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made:
Swiggs and others (Respondents) v. Nagarajan (A.P.) (Petitioner) That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 6th July next.
Gregory (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Portsmouth City Council (Respondents) That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 6th July next.
Rafiq (Petitioner) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) That leave to appeal be refused.
Ord and another (A.P.) (Petitioners) v. Belhaven Pubs Limited (substituted by Ascot Holdings Plc) (Respondents) That leave to appeal be refused, and that the costs of the petitioners be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1988.
London Borough of Hounslow (Petitioners) v. McBride (Respondent) That leave to appeal be refused.
Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Petitioners) v. British Telecommunications Plc (Respondents) That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 6th July next.
9. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
ChildrenThe National Childcare Strategy in Wales: Government consultation document. (3974)
10. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Houses in Multiple Occupation (Charges for Registration Schemes) Regulations 1998;
2. Draft Community Drivers Hours and Recording Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 1998.
11. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations 1998, laid under the Superannuation Act 1972. (1451)
12. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Broadcasting Act 1996;
2. Accounts for 1996-97 of the Welsh National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997.
13. Sex DiscriminationThe petition of Ms Rachel Anderson, praying that this House will call upon Her Majestys Government to review the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 with the intention of enhancing the powers of the Act, so that discrimination such as that practised by the PFA against Ms Rachel Anderson at the PFA Awards Dinner be clearly against the law, was presented by the Lord Razzall, and ordered to lie on the Table.
Select Committee Report
14. Science and TechnologyThe 8th Report from the Select Committee, Digital Images as Evidence: Government Response, was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 121)
15. Registered Establishments (Scotland) BillThe order of commitment was discharged.
16. Police (Northern Ireland) BillThe report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
17. National Lottery Bill [HL] The Commons amendments were considered and agreed to and the privilege amendment was agreed to.
18. National Minimum Wage BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 130)
19. Witnesses in criminal trialsThe Baroness Byford asked Her Majestys Government what progress they are making in reviewing the way in which vulnerable or intimidated witnesses are treated in the criminal justice system, with particular reference to witnesses in trials of rape or indecent assault; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Williams of Mostyn.
The House was adjourned at nine oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.