HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 16° Martii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Norwich.
1. Deputy SpeakersThe Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that Her Majesty had (by Commission) revoked certain Letters Patent and had appointed
The Chairman of Committees for the time being, Terence George Lord Boston of Faversham
Morys George Lyndhurst Lord Aberdare
Geoffrey Denis Erskine Lord Ampthill
Henry Oscar Lord Murton of Lindisfarne
David Montague de Burgh Lord Strabolgi
Caroline Anne Baroness Cox
Michael Francis Lovell Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe
George Hubbard Viscount of Oxfuird
Robert William Lord Elliott of Morpeth
Arthur Paul Lord Dean of Harptree
Michael John Lord Brougham and Vaux
Hugh John Frederick Lord Burnham
Colwyn Jestyn John Viscount St Davids
Michael Jaffray Hynman Viscount Allenby of Megiddo
Geoffrey Johnson Lord Tordoff
Olive Mary Wendy Baroness Nicol
Thomas Edward Lord Graham of Edmonton
Gloria Dorothy Baroness Hooper
Ian Lord McColl of Dulwich
Nicholas Charles Lord Chesham
Oliver Michael Robert Lord Northington (Lord Henley)
Andrew Robert Lord McIntosh of Haringey
Muriel Winifred Baroness Turner of Camden
Speakers of the House in the absence of the Lord Chancellor.
2. Three Rivers District Council and others (Appellants) v. The Governor and Company of the Bank of England (Respondents) (England) The appeal of Three Rivers District Council and Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA (in liquidation) was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 27th April next.
3. Halfpenny (Respondent) v. IGE Medical Systems Limited (Appellants) (England) The appeal of IGE Medical Systems Limited was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 27th April next.
4. Three Rivers District Council and others (Petitioners) v. The Governor and Company of the Bank of England (Respondents) The petition of Three Rivers District Council and Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA (in liquidation) praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 19th February).
5. Regina v. Secretary of State for Transport (Appellant) ex parte Factortame Limited and others (Respondents) Mrs Malvina Virginia OConnor (Respondent) having applied for legal aid on 5th March, it was ordered that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing be extended until six weeks after the final determination of the Legal Aid Board.
6. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
Social Work ServicesAiming for Excellence: Modernising social work services in Scotland: Government Proposals. (4288)
7. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Social Security (Contributions) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (827)
2. (i) Legal Aid (Mediation in Family Matters) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (816)
(ii) Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (815)
(iii) Legal Advice and Assistance (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (814)
(iv) Civil Legal Aid (Assessment of Resources) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (813)
laid under the Legal Aid Act 1988.
8. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report for 1998 of the Certification Officer, laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
Select Committee Report
9. Statutory InstrumentsThe 12th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Amendment) Order 1999;
Draft International Mobile Satellite Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1999;
Draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1999;
Draft Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Code of Practice) Order 1999;
Draft Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999;
Draft Limit in Relation to Licences to Provide Radio Multiplex Services Order 1999;
Draft Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (Application to Summary Proceedings) Order 1999;
Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1999;
Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 1999;
Draft North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999;
Draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 1999;
Draft Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999;
Draft National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) Order 1999;
Draft Social Security (Incapacity, Earnings and Work Trials) Pilot Schemes Regulations 1999;
Traffic Areas (Reorganisation) (Wales) Order 1999;
Draft New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiatives) Order 1999;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 42)
10. Access to Justice Bill [HL] The Queens consent was signified; the bill was read a third time; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1, 2 and 3); amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; a privilege amendment was agreed to; then, after debate, the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.
11. TourismThe Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majestys Government what is their strategy for tourism; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.
The House was adjourned at twenty-nine minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.