HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Jovis 16° Martii 2000
The House met at two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.
1. Lancashire County Council and another (A.P.) (Respondents) v. Barlow and another (A.P.) (Appellants) and one other actionThe Report from the Appellate Committee was agreed to; it was ordered and adjudged that the Order of the Court of Appeal of 27th July 1999 be affirmed and the appeal dismissed; that there be no order as to costs save for legal aid taxation; and that the costs of the appellants and second respondent in this House be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1988.
2. W 1-6 (A.P.) (Appellants) v. Essex County Council and another (Respondents)The Report from the Appellate Committee was agreed to; it was ordered and adjudged that the Order of the Court of Appeal of 2nd April 1998 be varied, so that, in Order 1, the word Third is substituted for the word First and the words and that the appeal of the First and Second Plaintiffs be allowed are inserted at the end, and that Orders 6 and 8 be set aside save as to Legal Aid taxation; that paragraph 1 of the Order of Mr Justice Hooper of 7th July 1997 be set aside; that the respondents do pay to the appellants their costs before Mr Justice Hooper, in the Court of Appeal and before this House, the amount of such last-mentioned costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties; and that the costs of the appellants in this House be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1988.
3. In re W (a minor) (A.P.) (Petitioner)The petition of W (by her Guardian ad litem) praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
4. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000.
5. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Occupational Pension Schemes (Contracting -out) (Payment and Recovery of Remaining Balances) Regulations 2000, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993; (750)
2. Personal and Occupational Pension Schemes (Incentive Payments) Amendment Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Act 1986; (749)
3. (i) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2000 (761)
(ii) Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Consequential Amendment Regulations 2000 (760)
(iii) Workmens Compensation (Supplementation) (Amendment) Scheme 2000 (697)
laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;
4. (i) Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Consequential Amendment (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (757)
(ii) Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 4) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2000 (758)
laid under the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992;
5. European Communities (Designation) Order 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (738)
6. Airports (Designation) (Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Airports Act 1986. (707)
6. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Account for 1998-99 of the North East Lincolnshire Education Action Zone, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;
2. Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions (Pensions Increase) Order 2000, laid under the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act 1865. ()
7. Instrument coming into operation before being laidThe Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that he had received, under the proviso to section 4(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946, notification that the following instrument had come into operation before being laid before Parliament, with an explanation thereof; the notification and explanation were ordered to lie on the Table:
Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations 2000. (576)
8. Consolidated Fund (No. 2) BillA bill to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 1999, 2000 and 2001 was brought from the Commons endorsed with the certificate of the Speaker that the bill is a money bill and read a first time.
9. Political Parties, Elections and Referendums BillA bill to establish an Electoral Commission; to make provision about the registration and finances of political parties; to make provision about donations and expenditure for political purposes; to make provision about election and referendum campaigns and the conduct of referendums; to make provision about election petitions and other legal proceedings in connection with elections; to reduce the qualifying periods set out in sections 1 and 3 of the Representation of the People Act 1985; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 48)
10. Political Parties, Elections and Referendums BillIt was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 48-EN)
11. Financial Services and Markets BillThe House 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.
12. Lone parentsThe Baroness Ashton of Upholland asked Her Majestys Government what has been the impact of their policies since May 1997 on the prospects for lone parents; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham.
13. Financial Services and Markets BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed after amendment 46.
The House was adjourned at ten minutes before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.