HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 1° Februarii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.
1. Regina v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue (Petitioners) ex parte Newfields Developments Limited (Respondents)The petition of Her Majestys Commissioners of Inland Revenue 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. Regina v. Smith (Respondent) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))The petition of Harriet Wistrich, Pragna Patel and Liberty was presented praying that they might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal (the agents for the appellant and the respondent consenting thereto) and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. EducationNinth Report 2000 of the School Teachers Review Body; (4568)
2. Compensation (Government Communications Headquarters) Scheme 2000 (No2). ()
4. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000.
5. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Rail Vehicle Accessibility (LTS Rail Class 357 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2000, laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. (182)
6. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Statement of guarantee given by the Treasury on 24 January 2000 in respect of temporary borrowing by the Audit Commission from Lloyds Bank plc, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1982.
Select Committee Reports
7. Procedure of the HouseThe First Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 25)
8. Statutory InstrumentsThe 8th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Draft Data Protection (Crown Appointments) Order 2000;
Draft Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) Order 2000;
Draft Data Protection (Miscellaneous Subject Access Exemptions) Order 2000;
Draft Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000;
Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Education) Order 2000;
Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Health) Order 2000;
Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) Order 2000;
Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000;
Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2000;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 26)
9. Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [HL]The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with amendments; the amendments were considered and agreed to.
10. Cheques (Scotland) Bill [HL]A bill to amend the law of Scotland in relation to the effect of presentation of cheques for payment was presented by the Viscount Younger of Leckie, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 27)
11. Cheques (Scotland) Bill [HL]It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 27-EN)
12. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debate on the motion in the name of the Baroness Cumberlege set down for tomorrow shall be limited to 5 hours; the motion was agreed to.
13. Local Government Bill [HL]The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); the House was resumed.
14. KosovoThe Lord Skidelsky asked Her Majestys Government what is their response to the Report of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on Human Rights in Kosovo; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal.
15. Local Government Bill [HL]The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed after amendment 357.
The House was adjourned at ten minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.