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Die Jovis 12° Novembris 1998

The House met at three o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwell.

Judicial Business

1. Reed (Petitioner) v. Sunderland Health Authority (Respondents)— The petition of Tracey Jacqueline Reed praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

2. Waters (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (Respondent)— The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 28th December next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.


3. Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. European Communities—The Scrutiny of European Business: Government proposals;       (4095)

    2. Voluntary Sector—Compact: getting it right together: Compact on relations between Government and the voluntary and community sector in England.      (4100)

4. Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.

5. Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990;      (—)

    2. Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Rate of Interest) (No. 2) Order 1998, laid under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998;      (2765)

    3. Proposal by the Home Secretary made under section 4(4) of the Video Recordings Act 1984 to appoint Lord Taylor of Warwick and Ms Janet Lewis Jones as designated authorities, laid under the Video Recordings Act 1984.      (—)

6. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Report for 1997-98 of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965;

    2. Treasury Minute dated 12th November on the application of certain receipts as appropriations in aid of the votes specified in the winter supplementary estimates for 1998-99, laid under the Public Accounts and Charges Act 1891.

Private Business

7. Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [HL] (formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) Bill [HL])— A message was brought from the Commons, that they have made the following orders:

    That the promoters of the Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [HL] (formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]) shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with the Bill, if they think fit, in the next Session of Parliament, provided that the Agents for the Bill give notice to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office of their intention to suspend further proceedings not later than the day before the close of the present Session and that all Fees due on the Bill up to that date be paid;

    That, if the Bill is brought from the Lords in the next Session, the Agents for the Bill shall deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration signed by them, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill which was brought from the Lords in the present Session;

    That, as soon as a certificate by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, that such a declaration has been so deposited, has been laid upon the Table of the House, the Bill shall be read the first and shall be ordered to be read a second time;

    That the Petition against the Bill presented in the present Session which stands referred to the Committee on the Bill shall stand referred to the Committee on the Bill in the next Session;

    That no Petitioners shall be heard before the Committee on the Bill, unless their Petition has been presented within the time limited within the present Session or deposited pursuant to paragraph (b) of Standing Order 126 relating to Private Business;

    That, in relation to the Bill, Standing Order 127 relating to Private Business shall have effect as if the words “under Standing Order 126 (Reference to committee of petitions against Bill)” were omitted;

    That no further Fees shall be charged in respect of any proceedings on the Bill in respect of which Fees have already been incurred during the present Session;

    That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.

Public Business

8. European Parliamentary Elections Bill—The Commons amendment was considered; a motion that the House do insist on the Lords amendments to which the Commons have disagreed and do disagree with the Commons in their amendment in lieu thereof was agreed to (see division list); a Committee was appointed to propose a reason for such insistence and disagreement.

    The Lords following were named of the Committee:

    Blatch, B.

    Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.

    Hoyle, L.

    The Committee reported that they had proposed the following reason:

    “Because electors should be able to vote for the individual party candidate of their choice, and this should not be conditional on the outcome of a review.”

    The report was agreed to and the bill was returned to the Commons with a reason.

9. Registration of Political Parties Bill—The report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to.

10. Waste Minimisation Bill—The bill was read a third time and passed.

11. Hotel accommodation: VAT—The Lord Gordon of Strathblane asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that a reduction in VAT on hotel accommodation might boost tourist traffic and so increase Exchequer revenues; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.

The House was adjourned at ten minutes past seven o’clock

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.


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