HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 24° Februarii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ripon.
1. OathHenry George Charles Alexander Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Hussain and another (Petitioners) v. Lancaster City Council (Respondents) The petition of Malazam Hussain and Linda Livingstone praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3. Dingley (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police (Respondent) (Scotland) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
4. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Office (Respondent) ex parte Rajaratnam (A.P.) (Appellant) The petition of the appellant praying that all further proceedings in the appeal may be stayed until one month after the Immigration and Asylum Bill has received Royal Assent or until the beginning of the next session of Parliament whichever is the sooner (the agent for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
5. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Monopolies and Mergers CommissionUnderwriting services for share offers: Report on the supply in the UK of underwriting services for share offers; (4168)
2. European CommunitiesPartnership and Cooperation Agreement establishing a partnership between the European Communities and their Member States and Turkmenistan; (4189)
3. Double TaxationAgreement between the United Kingdom and Malaysia for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income; (4274)
4. Stephen Lawrence Inquiry
(ii) Appendices. (4262-II)
6. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Amendment) Order 1999.
7. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Income Support (General) (Standard Interest Rate Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (371)
2. (i) Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota Measures) Order 1999 (424)
(ii) Third Country Fishing (Enforcement) Order 1999 (425)
laid under the Fisheries Act 1981.
8. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report and Accounts for 1998 of the North Hull Housing Action Trust, laid under the Housing Act 1988.
9. Obscenity Bill [HL] A bill to amend the law relating to obscenity was presented by the Earl of Halsbury, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 25)
10. Genetically Modified Crops Bill [HL] A bill to regulate the use of certain genetically modified organisms for agricultural purposes was presented by the Baroness Miller of Hendon, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 26)
11. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that the debates on the motions in the names of the Lord Mayhew of Twysden and the Lord Trefgarne set down for today shall each be limited to 3 hours; the motion was agreed to.
12. Deputy Chairmen of CommitteesIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Lord Methuen be added to the Panel of Lords appointed to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this Session, and that the Lord Henley be appointed to the Panel in the place of the Lord Strathclyde; the motion was agreed to.
13. Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL] It was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn that the amendments for the Report Stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:
Clauses 1 to 13
Clauses 14 to 47
Clauses 48 to 62
Schedules 3 to 5
the motion was agreed to.
14. Belfast Agreement (3-hour debate) It was moved by the Lord Mayhew of Twysden that there be laid before the House papers relating to the value of the Belfast Agreement 1998 (the Good Friday Agreement), and to the dangers inherent in failing to secure from all its participants the prompt and complete implementation of all its provisions; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
15. Armed forces (3-hour debate) It was moved by the Lord Trefgarne that there be laid before the House papers relating to the problems of current deployment and overstretch in Her Majestys Armed Forces and the implications of potential deployments to Kosovo; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
16. Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [HL] The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with a privilege amendment; the amendment was considered and agreed to.
17. Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) Bill [HL] The bill was read a third time and passed and sent to the Commons.
18. Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 30th November 1998 be approved; the motion was agreed to.
19. Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 14th December 1998 be approved; the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at two minutes before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.