HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Jovis 27° Maii 1999
The House met at eleven oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.
1. The Baroness ArlingtonThe Lord Chancellor informed the House that Her Majesty had been pleased to determine the abeyance of the Barony of Arlington in favour of Mrs Jennifer Jane Forwood and explained to the House Her Ladyships descent; then Her Ladyship was called in and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Waters (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (Respondent) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
3. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Local Government Act 1988 (Defined Activities) (Exemption) (Tower Hamlets London Borough Council) Order 1999; (1405)
2. Horse Racing (Charges on Bookmakers) Order (Northern Ireland), laid under the Northern Ireland Act 1974; ()
3. Northern Ireland (Location of Victims Remains) Act 1999 (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1999, laid under the Northern Ireland (Location of Victims Remains) Act 1999. (1437)
4. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Police (Secretary of States Objectives) (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Police Act 1996. (1415)
Select Committee Reports
5. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
16th Report, on the following bills:
Greater London Authority Bill;
Protection of Children. (HL Paper 67)
6. Financial Services and MarketsThe 2nd Report from the Joint Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed, together with the minutes of proceedings and minutes of evidence. (HL Paper 66)
7. Consolidation BillsIt was moved by the Lord Chancellor that, pursuant to Standing Order 49, the following Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills:
E. Alexander of Tunis
V. Colville of Culross
L. Campbell of Alloway
L. Hobhouse of Woodborough
L. Janner of Braunstone
That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman; and
That the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out;
the motion was agreed to.
8. Local Government (Functions and Standards) It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Commons message of yesterday be now considered and that a Select Committee of eight Lords be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons, to consider the draft Local Government (Functions and Standards) Bill, published in the Command Paper entitled Local Leadership, Local Choice (Cm. 4298);
That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:
L. Bassam of Brighton
L. Pilkington of Oxenford
L. Ponsonby of Shulbrede
That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;
That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;
That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;
That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;
That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out;
That the Committee shall report by 31st July;
and that the Committee do meet with any Committee appointed by the Commons on Tuesday 15th June at half past three oclock in Committee Room 4;
the motion was agreed to.
9. Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill [HL] The report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 65)
10. Genetic Modification in Agriculture (ECC Report) It was moved by the Lord Reay that this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on EC Regulation of Genetic Modification in Agriculture (2nd Report, HL Paper 11); after debate, the motion was agreed to.
11. Obscenity Bill [HL] The bill was read a third time and, after debate, was passed and sent to the Commons.
The House was adjourned at twenty-two minutes before six oclock
to Monday 7th June, half-past two oclock.