HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 27° Octobris 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Oxford.
1. Bishop of SouthwarkThomas Frederick Lord Bishop of Southwark was introduced between the Lord Bishop of Chichester and the Lord Bishop of Oxford, and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
Arts and LibrariesReport for 1997 of the Royal Fine Art Commission. (4042)
3. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 1998, laid under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997; (2623)
2. Mental Health (Hospital, Guardianship and Consent to Treatment) Amendment Regulations 1998, laid under the Mental Health Act 1983; (2624)
3. Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Welsh) (Amendment) Order 1998, laid under the Education Act 1996; (2576)
4. Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations 1998, laid under the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969. (2573)
4. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on the Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland: Inward Investment, laid under the Audit (Northern Ireland) Order 1987;
2. (i) Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
(ii) Accounts for 1997-98, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General:
(a) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
(b) Research Councils Pension Scheme
laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965;
3. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Health and Safety Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974;
4. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Parliamentary and Other Pensions Act 1972.
Select Committee Report
5. Statutory InstrumentsThe 45th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1998;
Draft Channel 4 (Application of Excess Revenues) Order 1998;
Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1998;
Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1998;
Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Insurance) Order 1998;
Draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1998;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 149)
6. Northern Ireland 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 158)
7. Salmon diseasesThe Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish asked Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take to prevent the spread of Infectious Salmon Anaemia and gyrodactylus salaris into and within the United Kingdom; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Sewel.
The House was adjourned at nine minutes past eight oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.