HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 1° Martii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bristol.
1. Command PapersThe following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Marine EnvironmentAgreement relating to the Commission established by the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment in the North-East Atlantic 1992; (26th February) (4277)
2. Long Term CareReport of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care: With Respect to Old Age (1st March)
(ii) Research Volume 1 (4192-II/1)
(iii) Research Volume 2 (4192-II/2)
(iv) Research Volume 3; (4192-II/3)
3. Law CommissionsReport of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission on Statute Law Revision: Report on the Chronological Table of Private and Personal Acts. (1st March) (4263)
2. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 68) The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 26th February, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Education (Grants for Education Support and Training) (England) Regulations 1998 (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Education Act 1996; (447)
2. (i) Teachers Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (446)
(ii) National Health Service (Scotland) (Injury Benefits) Amendment Regulations 1999 (444)
(iii) National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (443)
laid under the Superannuation Act 1972;
3. St. Andrews College of Education (Closure) (Scotland) Order 1999, laid under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992; (442)
4. Environmental Protection Act 1990 (Extension of Section 140) Regulations 1999, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990; (396)
3. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Prior Rights of Surviving Spouse (Scotland) Order 1999, laid under the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964. (445)
4. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Statement by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport re-appointing David Quarmby as Chairman of the Board of the British Tourist Authority for 3 years beginning on 1st June, laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969;
2. Review of the Registrar General on marriages, divorces and adoptions in England and Wales, 1996, laid under the Registration Services Act 1953;
3. Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health on loans proposed to be raised by the Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust, laid under the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990;
4. Report for 1997-98 of the Rail Users Consultative Committee for Wales, laid under the Railways Act 1993.
Select Committee Reports
5. Committee of SelectionThe 2nd Report from the Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 32)
6. Procedure of the HouseThe 1st Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 33)
7. Procedure in the ChamberIt was ordered that the Report from the Group appointed by the Leader of the House on Procedure in the Chamber be printed. (HL Paper 34)
8. Financial Services and MarketsA message was brought from the Commons that they have ordered:
That a Select Committee of eight Members be appointed to joint with a committee to be appointed by the Lords, to be the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets, 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;
That three be the quorum of the Committee;
That the Committee shall have power
(i) to send for persons, papers and records;
(ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;
(iii) to report from time to time;
(iv) to appoint specialist advisers;
(v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;
(vi) to communicate to any Select Committee appointed by either House its evidence and any documents of common interest;
That the Committee shall report by 30th April 1999.
9. Health Bill [HL] The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed for a statement; the House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.
10. Judicial appointmentsThe Lord Patten asked Her Majestys Government what steps they intend to take to ensure greater openness in the appointment of the judiciary, particularly in the light of recent legislation increasing the constitutional role of the judiciary; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Chancellor.
11. Health Bill [HL] The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1 and 2); the House was resumed after clause 46 stood part.
The House was adjourned at eleven minutes past two oclock
in the morning of Tuesday 2nd March till later the same day,
half-past two oclock in the afternoon.