HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 16° Junii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ripon.
1. Inco Europe Limited and others (Appellants) v. First Choice Distribution (a firm) and others (Respondents)The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
2. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Petitioner) ex parte Gashi (A.P.) (Respondent)The respondents legal aid certificate was lodged.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 33rd Report:
MacNiven (Her Majestys Inspector of Taxes) (Petitioner) v. Westmoreland Investments Limited (Respondents)That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 30th June next.
4. Appeal CommitteeThe 40th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made:
Lace Co-Ordinates Limited (Petitioners) v. NEM Insurance Company Limited (Respondents)That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
Regina v. Kelly (Petitioner)That leave to appeal be refused.
Regina v. Sandford (Petitioner)That leave to appeal be refused.
Birmingham City Council (Petitioners) v. Oakley (A.P.) (Respondent)That the respondent be invited to lodge objections by 30th June next.
Regina v. Bett (Petitioner)That leave to appeal be refused.
Union Carbide Corporation (a body corporate) (Respondents) v. B P Chemicals Limited (Petitioners)That the petition be referred for hearing.
Regina v. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Respondent) ex parte Watt (A.P.) (Petitioner) (Northern Ireland)That leave to appeal be refused; that the costs of the petitioner be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981; and that the respondent be at liberty to apply for her costs in accordance with direction 5.1(c); and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
5. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Competition CommissionPortsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers plc and Johnston Press PLC/Newsquest (Investments) Limited/News Communications and Media plc: A report on the proposed transfers of the newspapers of Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers plc to Johnston Press PLC, Newsquest (Investments) Limited and News Communications and Media plc; (4358)
2. Scottish Land CourtReport for 1998 of the Scottish Land Court; (4332)
3. Nuclear EnergyAgreement between the United Kingdom and Japan for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy; (4370)
4. Industrial DevelopmentAgreement between the United Kingdom and Israel on Bilateral Cooperation in Private Sector Industrial Research and Development, together with an explanatory memorandum. (4374)
6. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Stansted Airport Aircraft Movement Limit (Amendment) Order 1999.
7. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Magistrates Courts Committees (Hereford and Worcester and Shropshire) Amalgamation Order 1999, laid under the Justices of the Peace Act 1997; (1705)
2. Merchant Shipping (Additional Safety Measures for Bulk Carriers) Regulations 1999, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995; (1644)
3. Education (School Organisation Proposals) (Wales) Regulations 1999, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; (1671)
4. Local Government Officers (Political Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. (1665)
8. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Consent to Transfers of Newspapers Following Reports from the Competition Commission on the Transfers of the Newspapers of Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers plc to:
(ii) Newsquest (Investments) Limited
(iii) News Communications and Media plc
laid under the Fair Trading Act 1973;
2. Report for 1998 of the Equal Opportunities Commission: Setting the Agenda for Equality, laid under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975;
3. Reports for 199899 of the Health Service Commissioner:
(i) Annual Report (6th Report)
(ii) Investigations Completed (5th Report)
laid under the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993.
Select Committee Reports
9. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
17th Report, on the following bills:
Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill;
Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill
Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) Bill [HL] (HL Paper 72);
18th Report, on the proposal for a draft Deregulation (New Year Licensing) Order 1999. (HL Paper 73)
10. HFC Bank BillThe bill was reported from the Unopposed Bill Committee without amendment.
11. City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997It was reported by the Chairman of Committees and the Chairman of Ways and Means in the House of Commons pursuant to section 3(5) of the Statutory Order (Special Procedure) Act 1945, that petitions had been presented against the City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 by:
1. Packmoor Area Residents Association
2. Newchapel Riders Association
3. Cllr Ann Elizabeth James
7. Mr Robert Cooper and Miss Lisa Johnson
8. Mr Leslie Tilsley and Mr Alan Griffiths
10. Cllr. Charles Lee Wanger and Shereen Victoria Wanger
11. Mrs Claire Weatherall and Mr Mark Weatherall
18. Jacqueline, Daniel and Ashley Wootton, Joy Preece and Colin Dale, and Stephen Talbot
19. Yvonne Sanders and Ellen Sanders
20. Mr Nigel Hughes and Mrs Sandra Hughes
21. Dr Janine F. Bridges and Miss Cathrine Ann Taylor
and had been certified by them as proper to be received and as petitions of general objection.
12. House of Lords OfficesIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the 2nd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 65) be agreed to; the motion was agreed to.
13. Employment Relations BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); the House was resumed.
14. Tourism: Working Time DirectiveThe Lord Cadman asked Her Majestys Government what is their assessment of the effect of the introduction of the Working Time Directive on the well-being of the tourist industry; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
15. Employment Relations BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 70)
The House was adjourned at fourteen minutes before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.