HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 31° Martii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bradford.
1. Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland (Respondents) v. Bennett and another (Petitioner) The petition of Jane Christine Bennett praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
2. Stannifer Developments Limited (Appellants) v. Glasgow Development Agency and others (Respondents) (Scotland) The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 14th April next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
3. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Atomic EnergyAdditional to the agreement between the United Kingdom, the European Atomic Energy Community and the International Atomic Energy Agency for the application of safeguards in the United Kingdom in connection with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, together with an explanatory memorandum; (4282)
(i) Departmental Report on the Governments Expenditure Plans for 1999-2002 by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; (4209)
(ii) Public Services for the Future: Modernisation, Reform, Accountability: March 1999 supplement to the Comprehensive Spending Review public service agreements 1999-2002; (4315)
(iii) Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses for 1999-2000; (4201)
3. Social ServicesSocial Services: Building for the Future: Government proposals for Wales; (4051)
4. Government Response to the memorandum of inquiry by the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on Regional Eurostar Services; (4314)
(i) Report of the senior salaries review body on initial pay, allowances, pensions and severance arrangements for Members of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly; (4188)
(ii) Report of the senior salaries review body on Devolution: salaries for Ministers and office-holders and office support for Members and Parliamentary Development Recommendations; (4246)
6. IndustryReport of the 2nd Wood Committee on the Rating of Plant and Machinery in Industries currently subject to Prescribed Assessment; (4283)
7. National Minimum WageThe National Minimum Wage Accommodation Offset: A Review by the Low Pay Commission. (4321)
4. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Right to Time Off for Study or Training Regulations 1999, laid under the Employment Rights Act 1996; (986)
2. Insolvency (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 1999, laid under the Insolvency Act 1986; (1022)
3. Insolvent Companies (Disqualification of Unfit Directors) Proceedings (Amendment) Rules 1999, laid under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986; (1023)
4. Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Removal of Judges) Order 1999, laid under the Scotland Act 1998; (1017)
5. Planning (Control of Major-Accident Hazards) Regulations 1999, laid under the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990; (981)
6. Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Type Approval) (Fees) Regulations 1999, laid under the Finance Act 1973; (1054)
7. Non-Road Mobile Machinery (Emission of Gaseous and Particulate Pollutants) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (1053)
8. Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment Order 1999, laid under the Medicines Act 1968; (1044)
9. (i) Street Works Register (Registration Fees) Regulations 1999 (1048)
(ii) Street Works (Registers, Notices, Directions and Designations) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (1049)
laid under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.
5. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Notice of call-out of members of the Royal Fleet Reserve, the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Army Reserve, the Territorial Army, the Royal Air Force Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, laid under the Reserve Forces Act 1996;
2. Treasury Minute dated 31st March 1999 on the application of certain receipts as appropriations in aid of sums appropriated from the Scottish Consolidated Fund for 1999-2000, laid under the Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Finance) Order 1999;
3. Treasury Minute dated 31st March 1999 on the application of certain receipts as appropriations in aid of the votes specified in the estimates for 1999-2000, laid under the Public Accounts and Charges Act 1891.
Select Committee Reports
6. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
11th Report, on the following bills:
Parliamentary Government Bill [HL];
European Tax Harmonisation Veto Bill [HL]. (HL Paper 47)
7. LiaisonThe First Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 49)
8. European Community Legislation (Impact) Bill [HL] A bill to require the provision of information on the impact of European Community legislation was presented by the Lord Willoughby de Broke, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 45)
9. Standing Orders (Public Business) It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Standing Orders relating to public business be amended as follows:
Standing Order 32, line 4, after (sitting) insert (other than a Friday)
Standing Order 51(4), line 1, leave out (six) and insert (eight);
the motion was agreed to and it was ordered that the amendments be printed. (HL Paper 48)
10. Motor vehicle crime (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Campbell of Croy that there be laid before the House papers relating to the amount of crime in the United Kingdom involving theft of road vehicles or breaking into them to steal the contents; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
11. Design (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Freyberg that there be laid before the House papers relating to the role of design in improving competitiveness and quality of life; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
The House was adjourned at three minutes past seven oclock
to Monday 12th April, half-past two oclock.