HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 15° Julii 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Oxford.
1. Hartle (Respondent) v. Messrs. Laceys (a firm) (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application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.
2. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Bournemouth Borough Council and North West Leicestershire District Council) Order 1998, laid under the Local Government Act 1988; (1661)
2. (i) Ecclesiastical Judges and Legal Officers (Fees) Order 1998 (1711)
(ii) Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 1998 (1712)
(iii) Parochial Fees Order 1998 (1714)
laid under the Ecclesiastical Fees Measure 1986;
3. Faculty Jurisdiction (Appeals) Rules 1998, laid under the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991; (1713)
4. National Institutions of The Church of England (Transfer of Functions) Order 1998, laid under the National Institutions Measure 1998. (1715)
3. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Welsh Development Agency:
(ii) Accounts for 1997-98, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
laid under the Welsh Development Agency Act 1975;
2. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;
3. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Coal Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Coal Industry Act 1994;
4. Accounts for 1997-98 of the General Optical Council, laid under the Opticians Act 1989;
5. Report for 1997-98 of the Court Service, laid under the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990;
6. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986;
7. Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Hong Kong Locally Engaged Ratings Service Gratuities and Attributable Disablement and Death Awards) Order 1998, laid under the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act 1865;
8. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Pensions Act 1995;
9. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Legal Aid Board, laid under the Legal Aid Act 1988;
10. Report and Accounts for 1997-98, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General:
(i) Scottish Tourist Board
(ii) English Tourist Board
laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969;
11. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Post Office, laid under the Post Office Act 1969.
Select Committee Report
4. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
27th Report, on the following Bills:
Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill;
Criminal Appeal (Amendment) Bill [HL];
and requesting evidence on the following proposal for a draft deregulation order:
Deregulation (Occasional Licences) Order 1998. (HL Paper 132)
5. Government of Wales BillThe Queens consent was signified; the bill was read a third time; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 2 and 3); amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further proceedings after third reading were adjourned after amendment 34.
6. Registration of Political Parties BillA bill to make provision about the registration of political parties was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 145)
7. Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) BillA bill to supply a sum out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the year ending on 31st March 1999; to appropriate the supplies granted in this Session of Parliament; and to repeal certain Consolidated Fund and Appropriation Acts, was brought from the Commons endorsed with the certificate of the Speaker that the bill is a money bill and read a first time.
8. New ForestThe Lord Montagu of Beaulieu asked Her Majestys Government what are their reactions to the recommendations of the Countryside Commission for the future management of the New Forest, in the light of the environmental and economic conditions of that area; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton.
9. Government of Wales BillThe bill was further considered after third reading; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; after debate, the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
The House was adjourned at twenty minutes before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business, three oclock for public business.
In item 16.5 of the Minutes of Proceedings of 29th June, the Education (School Performance Targets) (England) Regulations 1998 should have been described as S.I. 1998/1532, and not S.I. 1998/1575.