HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 11° Octobris 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.
1. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. FinanceTreasury Minute on the 20th-24th Reports from the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts; (4863)
2. TransportProtocol for the Modification of the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF) of 9th May 1980, together with an explanatory memorandum; (4873)
3. Consular RelationsExchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and China concerning Consular Accreditation in Macao; (4862)
4. PollutionDecision concerning Amendments to the Agreement for Co-operation in dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and other Harmful Substances, 1983; (4868)
5. Social SecurityExchange of Letters between the United Kingdom and Canada concerning Consolidated Arrangements on Social Security; (4861)
6. DebtExchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Mauritania amending the United Kingdom/Mauritania Debt Agreement No. 6 (1995). (4866)
2. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Assured and Protected Tenancies (Lettings to Students) (Amendments) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Housing Act 1988; (2706)
2. Fixed Penalty Order 2000, laid under the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988; (2792)
3. Social Security (Contracting-out and Qualifying Earnings Factor and Revision of Relevant Pensions) Regulations 2000, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993. (2736)
3. Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) BillThe bill was read a third time and passed.
4. Countryside and Rights of Way BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed.
5. Science and innovationThe Lord Haskel asked Her Majestys Government what will be the effect on the economy, on knowledge, on the nations health and on the environment of the Governments science and innovation policy paper Excellence and Opportunity; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
6. Countryside and Rights of Way BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed after amendment 477.
The House was adjourned at a quarter-before one oclock
in the morning of Thursday 12th October
till later the same day, two oclock in the afternoon for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.