HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 22° Februarii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ripon.
1. OathPeregrine Nicholas Earl of St Germans took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. B (by his mother and next friend) (Appellant) v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queens Bench Division) The appeal of B was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.
3. Regina v. Manchester Stipendiary Magistrate and the Lord Advocate (Appellant) ex parte Granada Television Limited (Respondents) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queens Bench Division) The appeal of the Lord Advocate was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.
4. Cantor Fitzgerald International (Petitioners) v. Callaghan and others (Respondents) The petition of Cantor Fitzgerald International praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
5. Regina v. Miah (Petitioner) Upon application by the petitioner (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn on the terms agreed between the parties.
6. Jolley (A.P.) (Appellant) v. London Borough of Sutton (Respondents) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
7. Walker (Her Majestys Inspector of Taxes) (Respondent) v. Centaur Clothes Group Limited (Appellants) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
8. Berkeley (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Environment and others (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 22nd March next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
9. Instrument withdrawnThe following instrument, laid before the House on 15th February, was withdrawn on 22nd February:
Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999.
10. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
HousingInvesting in Modernisation-An Agenda For Scotlands Housing: Government consultation paper. (4272)
11. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 68) The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 19th February, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Merchant Shipping (Carriage of Cargoes) Regulations 1999, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995; (336)
2. (i) Environmental Impact Assessment (Fish Farming in Marine Waters) Regulations 1999 (367)
(ii) Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999 (293)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972.
12. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Northern Ireland (Modification of EnactmentsNo. 1) Order 1999;
2. Draft Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999;
3. Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999;
4. Draft Strategic Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1999;
5. Draft Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999;
6. Draft Trade Union Subscription Deductions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999;
7. Draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999;
8. Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999;
9. Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Amendment Regulations 1999;
10. Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999.
13. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Scottish Local Elections Amendment Rules 1999, laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983; (406)
2. Food Safety (Fishery Products and Live Shellfish) (Hygiene) Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990; (399)
3. Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 1999, laid under the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989; (374)
4. Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (400)
5. Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Designated Countries and Territories) (Amendment) Order 1999, laid under the Criminal Justice Act 1988; (282)
6. (i) Education (School Organisation Committees) (Initial Financial Arrangements) (England) Regulations 1999 (398)
(ii) Education (School Attendance Targets) (England) Regulations 1999 (397)
laid under the laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;
7. Parliamentary Commissioner Order 1999, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967. (277)
14. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report for 1997-98 of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, laid under the Education (Scotland) Act 1996;
2. Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Amendment Order 1999, laid under the Social Security (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1977; (294)
3. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Equal Opportunities Commission Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975;
4. Account for 1997-98 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 1977;
5. Tenth Report on the Development of Services for People with Learning Disabilities (Mental Handicap) or Mental Illness in England, laid under the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986;
6. Local Enforcing Authorities Air Pollution Fees and Charges Scheme (England and Wales) 1999, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
15. House of Lords ReformIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that this House take note of Her Majestys Governments White Paper Modernising Parliament: Reforming the House of Lords (Cm 4183); then it was moved by the Lord Strathclyde, as an amendment thereto, at end to insert (; urges Her Majestys Government in carrying forward the proposals in the White Paper to set as its objectives an increase in the independence of Parliament and an enhancement of its ability to scrutinise legislation and hold the executive to account; and therefore specifically calls on the Royal Commission to reject the proposition in paragraph 7.26 of the White Paper that the available powers of this House might be significantly reduced.); and a debate having arisen, further debate was adjourned till tomorrow.
The House was adjourned at twenty-four minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.