HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 19° Octobris 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
1. Lord Lamont of LerwickThe Right Honourable Norman Stewart Hughson Lamont, having been created Baron Lamont of Lerwick, of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 24th July 1998, was introduced between the Lord St. John of Fawsley and the Lord Lawson of Blaby, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Baroness Sharp of GuildfordMrs. Margaret Lucy Sharp, having been created Baroness Sharp of Guildford, of Guildford in the County of Surrey, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 1st August 1998, was introduced between the Baroness Thomas of Walliswood and the Lord Goodhart, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Olusanya (A.P.) (Petitioner) (lodged 5th October) The petition of Ayoola Olusanya praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
4. W 1-6 (A.P.) (Respondents) v. Essex County Council and another (Appellants) The legal aid certificates of the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth respondents were lodged.
5. Regina v. Cambridge City Council (Respondents) ex parte Lane (A.P.) (Petitioner) The respondents legal aid certificate was lodged.
6. Command PapersThe following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Brent SparExchange of notes between the United Kingdom and Norway concerning the disposal of the Brent Spar offshore installation; (16th October) (4070)
2. PollutionAmendment to Annex I and Adoption of Annexes VIII and IX to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, together with an explanatory memorandum; (16th October) (4061)
3. BriberyConvention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, together with an explanatory memorandum; (16th October) (3994)
4. HousingGovernment Response to the Report of the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on Housing. (19th October) (4080)
7. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 68) The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 16th October, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Wireless Telegraphy (Citizens Band and Amateur Apparatus) (Various Provisions) Order 1998, laid under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1967; (2531)
2. Trade Effluent (Registers) (Scotland) Regulations 1998, laid under the Sewerage (Scotland) Act 1968. (2533)
8. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1998;
2. Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1998;
3. Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1998;
4. Draft Channel 4 (Application of Excess Revenues) Order 1998.
9. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ship Construction: Ships of Classes III to VI(A)) Regulations 1998 (2515)
(ii) Merchant Shipping (Passenger Ship Construction: Ships of Classes I, II, and II(A)) Regulations 1998 (2514)
laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995;
2. Alterations in the provisions of the Highway Code, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1988;
3. Statute made by Trinity Hall, Cambridge on 14th March, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923.
10. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report of the Law Commission on Consents to Prosecution: Item 11 of the Sixth Programme of Law Reform: Criminal Law, laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965;
2. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of British Nuclear Fuels plc, laid under the Atomic Energy Act 1971;
3. Report for 1997-98 of the Post Office Users National Council, laid under the Post Office Act 1969;
4. Companies in 1997-98, laid under the Companies Act 1985;
5. Report for 1997-98 of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992;
6. Report for 1997-98 of the Lottery Sports Fund for Wales, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;
7. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Commission for the New Towns, laid under the New Towns Act 1981;
8. Financial Statements for 1997 of Severn River Crossing plc, laid under the Severn Bridges Act 1992;
9. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Valuation Office Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
10. (i) Financial Statements for 1997-98 of South East Regional Investment Limited
(ii) Report and Financial Statements for 1997-98 of the East of England Regional Investment Agency Limited
(iii) Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Northern Development Company
(iv) Yorkshire and Humberside Development Agency
(a) Accounts for 1997-98;
(b) Report for 1998;
(v) Devon and Cornwall Development International
(a) Accounts for 1997-98;
(b) Report for 1998;
(vi) INWARD (Agency for Investment into North West England)
(a) Accounts for 1997-98;
(b) Report for 1997-98;
laid under the Miscellaneous Finance Provisions Act 1983;
11. Report for 1997-98 of Her Majestys Chief Inspector of Constabulary, laid under the Police Act 1996.
Select Committee Report
11. Ecclesiastical CommitteeThe following Measure and Report of the Ecclesiastical Committee thereon were laid before the House (Pursuant to section 4 of the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919) and ordered to be printed.
Cathedrals Measure and 212th Report of the Committee thereon. (HL Papers 147-I and 147-II)
12. Scotland BillIt was moved by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale, on behalf of the Lord Sewel, that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:
Clauses 2 to 20
Clauses 22 to 92
Clauses 93 to 107
Clauses 108 to 116
Schedules 4 and 5
Schedules 8 and 9
Clauses 118 to 124;
the motion was agreed to.
13. Northern Ireland BillThe House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was agreed to; the House was resumed for a statement; the 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.
14. Mental health legislationThe Lord Bishop of Lincoln asked Her Majestys Government what plans they have to amend current mental health legislation in order to assist the mentally ill living in the community; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.
15. Northern Ireland 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 clause 42 stood part.
The House was adjourned at eighteen minutes past eleven oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.