HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 24° Novembris 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
1. OathRobert Alexander Earl of Crawford and Balcarres (Lord Balniel) took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Appeal CommitteeThe following Orders were made pursuant to the 72nd Report, Session 1998-99
Cadogan Estates Limited (Respondents) v. McMahon (Petitioner)That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 8th December next.
Whistler International Limited (Respondents) v. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Limited (Petitioners)That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 8th December next.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe 5th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made
Three Rivers District Council and others (Original Appellants and Cross-respondents) v. Governor and Company of the Bank of England (Original Respondents and Cross-appellants)That leave to adduce evidence on the implementation of the first banking directive in the domestic law of Member States of the European Community be given.
Three Rivers District Council and others (Original Appellants and Cross-respondents) v. Governor and Company of the Bank of England (Original Respondents and Cross-appellants)That leave to adduce an affidavit of Howard John Davies be given.
4. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 1999.
5. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
European Specialist Medical Qualifications Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. (3154)
6. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. First Report for Session 1999-2000 of the Health Service Ombudsman: Investigations Completed April to September 1999, laid under the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993;
2. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990;
3. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the United Kingdom Ecolabelling Board, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
4. Report for 1998 of Her Majestys Inspectors of Explosives for Northern Ireland, laid under the Explosives Act 1875.
7. Transport Salaried Staffs Association (Amendment of Rules) BillThe bill was brought from the Commons; the declaration of the agent having been deposited pursuant to the resolution of 28th October, the bill was read a first time, read a second time pro forma and committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee.
8. Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) Bill [HL]A bill to amend the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 so as to enable the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration to investigate complaints received directly from members of the public was presented by the Lord Lester of Herne Hill, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 8)
9. The Queens SpeechThe debate was resumed on the motion that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows:
Most Gracious Sovereign,
We, Your Majestys most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to thank Your Majesty for the most gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament
and on the amendment moved by the Lord Strathclyde, at the end of the Address to insert but regret the failure of Your Majestys Government to reduce the burden of taxation and regulation and deplore the incoherence and the lack of vision of the measures proposed by Your Majestys Government for the coming Session of Parliament; after further debate, the amendment was disagreed to (see division list); then the original motion was agreed to nemine dissentiente, and it was ordered that the Address be presented to Her Majesty by the Captain of the Gentlemen at Arms.
The House was adjourned at seventeen minutes before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.