HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 23° Februarii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ripon.
1. Lord ImbertSir Peter Michael Imbert, Knight, having been created Baron Imbert, of New Romney in the County of Kent, for life by Letters Patent dated 10th February 1999, was introduced between the Lord Harris of Greenwich and the Lord Bramall, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. OathJohn Gerald Lord Rayleigh took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Askin and others (Petitioners) v. ABSA Bank Limited (Respondents) and othersThe petition of Julian Michael Cuming Askin, Amesby Limited and Cormon Investments Inc. praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4. Instrument withdrawnThe following instrument, laid before the House on 16th February, was withdrawn on 23rd February:
Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999.
5. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Consequential Amendment Regulations 1999 (361)
(ii) Statutory Maternity Pay (Compensation of Employers) Amendment Regulations 1999 (363)
laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;
2. Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) Order 1999, laid under the Public Lending Right Act 1979. (420)
6. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Volume 2 of the Report for 1997-98 of the Countryside Council for Wales: Digest of Statistics, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990;
2. Civil List Pensions, laid under the Civil List Act 1972;
3. Accounts for 1997-98 of the National Lottery Distribution Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery Etc. Act 1993;
4. Draft Code of Practice, laid under the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996.
7. Registration of InterestsThe Register of Lords Interests, prepared by the Clerk of the Parliaments pursuant to the Resolution of 7th November 1995, was ordered to lie on the Table and to be printed. (HL Paper 31)
Select Committee Report
8. Statutory InstrumentsThe 10th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999;
Draft National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 1999;
Draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 1999;
Draft Scottish Parliament (First Ordinary General Election and First Meeting) Order 1999;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 30)
9. House of Lords ReformThe debate was resumed on the motion of 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), to which an amendment had been moved 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.; after further debate, the amendment was agreed to (see division list); then, on Question, Tellers for the Not-Contents not having been appointed, the original motion as amended was agreed to pursuant to Standing Order 51.
10. Financial Services and MarketsA message was brought from the Commons that they have come to the following resolution to which they desire the concurrence of this House: That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to report on the consultative document on the draft financial services and markets bill presented by Her Majestys Command on 21st December 1998 and any further draft of the bill which may be laid upon the Table of both Houses by a Minister of the Crown and to report by 30th April 1999.
The House was adjourned at twenty-eight minutes before one oclock
in the morning of Wednesday 24th February till later the same day,
half-past two oclock in the afternoon.