HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 15° Martii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.
1. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Friday 17th March.
2. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. European CommunitiesPartnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and the Kyrgyz Republic; (4625)
2. Civil ServiceCivil Service Statistics 1999; ()
3. HealthGovernment Response to the First Report of the House of Commons Health Select Committee on the Cost and Availability of Generic Drugs to the NHS; (4673)
4. FinanceTreasury Minutes on the First to Third Reports of the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts 1999-2000. (4656)
3. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (736)
2. Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 3) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992. (737)
4. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Statements of Guarantees by the Secretary of State for Health on loans proposed to be raised by
(i) Gateshead Health National Health Service Trust
(ii) Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals National Health Service Trust
(iii) Community Health Services Southern Derbyshire National Health Service Trust
(iv) Rotherham General Hospitals National Health Service Trust
(v) County Durham and Darlington Priority Services National Health Service Trust
(vi) Rockingham Forest National Health Service Trust
(vii) Oxfordshire Mental Health National Health Service Trust
(viii) Northampton General Hospital National Health Service Trust
(ix) Huddersfield Healthcare National Health Service Trust
laid under the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990;
2. Report and Accounts for the year ended 30th September 1999 of Dartford River Crossing Limited, laid under the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing Act 1988
3. Third Report, Session 1999-2000, of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967.
Select Committee Reports
5. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
9th Report, on the proposal for the draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing and Licensing) Order 2000, with the minutes of evidence; (HL Paper 46)
10th Report, on the following bills:
Government Resources and Accounts Bill;
European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL];
Financial Services and Markets BillGovernment amendments for Committee stage. (HL Paper 47)
6. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debate on the motion in the name of the Baroness Whitaker set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that in the name of the Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall to 2½ hours; the motion was agreed to.
7. Education in developing countries (3-hour debate)It was moved by the Baroness Whitaker that there be laid before the House papers relating to the role of education in developing countries; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
8. The Arts (2½-hour debate)It was moved by the Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for promoting access to, and education and training in, the arts; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
9. Lisbon Special European CouncilThe Lord Wallace of Saltaire asked Her Majestys Government what are their objectives for the forthcoming Lisbon Special European Council; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
The House was adjourned at six minutes before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.