HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 28° Aprilis 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
1. OathMichael Wellington Viscount Combermere took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Taylor (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for Scotland (Respondent) (Scotland) The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 10th June next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
3. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
Fire Test ProceduresInternational Code for Application of Fire Test Procedures. (4329)
4. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 1999.
5. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Legal Advice and Assistance (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999, laid under the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981.
6. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
2. Report for 1998-99 of the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland, laid under the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998;
3. Third Report for 1998-99 of the Health Service Commissioner: Investigations about aspects of the NHS complaints procedure, laid under the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993.
7. Financial Services and MarketsIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that this House do concur with the Commons in the Order set out in their message of yesterday that it be an Instruction to the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets that it report by 27th May 1999 on Parts V (employment in regulated activities), VI (civil fines for market abuse) and XII (disciplinary measures) of the draft bill in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights; the motion was agreed to (see division list) and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.
8. Adjournment of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Strathclyde that the House do now adjourn during pleasure; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
9. Human embryos and cloning (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Alton of Liverpool that there be laid before the House papers relating to Her Majestys Governments policy concerning the use of human embryos in cloning procedures; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
10. Hedgerows (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Hardy of Wath that there be laid before the House papers relating to the current arrangements for the protection of hedgerows; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
11. Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) Bill [HL] It was moved by the Lord Rotherwick that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
12. Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation SchemeIt was moved by the Lord Burlison that the draft laid before the House on 25th March be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
13. CapercaillieThe Lord Thomas of Gresford asked Her Majestys Government whether they will take steps to prevent the imminent extinction of the capercaillie in the United Kingdom by the creation of special protected areas under Article 4 of the Birds Directive (79/409/EEC), and by seeking its re-scheduling as a Schedule 1 Part II species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and by other measures of special protection; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston.
The House was adjourned at six minutes past eleven oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.