HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 18° Aprilis 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Rochester.
1. Lord Grenfell (Lord Grenfell of Kilvey)Julian Pascoe Francis St. Leger Lord Grenfell, having been created Baron Grenfell of Kilvey, in the County of Swansea, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 17th April 2000, took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Lord Redesdale (Lord Mitford)Rupert Bertram Lord Redesdale, having been created Baron Mitford, of Redesdale in the County of Northumberland, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 18th April 2000, took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Competition CommissionVivendi SA and British Sky Broadcasting Group plc: A report on the merger situation; (4691)
2. Regulatory Reform BillPublication of the Draft Regulatory Reform Bill and the Proposed Amendments to Section 5 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994; (4713)
3. Information TechnologyModernising Government in Action: Realising the Benefits of Y2K. (4703)
4. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Education (School Performance Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Education Act 1996; (1089)
2. Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Clean Air Act 1993; (1077)
3. Financing of Maintained Schools (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2000, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. (1090)
5. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Report and Accounts for 1st April-18th September 1996 of the Occupational Health and Safety Agency,
(ii) Report and Accounts for 1st April-30th September 2000 of the Recruitment and Assessment Services,
(iii) Product Accounts for 1998-99 of National Savings;
laid under the laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.
2. Statement of the Salaries Payable to the Chairman and Members of the Board of the British Tourist Authority from the 1 April 2000, laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969.
3. Annual report for 1999 of the Buying Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;
4. Reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on
(i) Grants Paid to Irish Sport Horse Genetic Testing Unit Ltd;
(ii) Road Service: the Bridge Assessment and Strengthening Programme;
(iii) Health and Personal Social Services: Executive Directors and Senior Managers Pay;
laid under the Audit (Northern Ireland) Order 1987.
Select Committee Report
6. Statutory InstrumentsThe 17th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instrument:
Draft Development Commission (Dissolution) Order 2000;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 58)
7. Deputy Chairmen of CommitteesIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Viscount Falkland and the Lord Geddes be added to the Panel of Lords appointed to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this Session; the motion was agreed to.
8. Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL]The bill was read a third time and passed and sent to the Commons.
9. Financial Services and Markets BillThe bill was further considered on report; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 1); further consideration on report was adjourned.
10. Special ConstabularyThe Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majestys Government whether they will consider paying members of the Special Constabulary; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Bach.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
11. Financial Services and Markets BillThe bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); further consideration on report was adjourned after amendment 149.
The House was adjourned at eleven oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.