MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
HOUSE OF LORDS
24th November 1998
HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 24° Novembris 1998
The House met at half-past eleven oclock.
1. Queens SpeechThe Queen being seated on the Throne, and the Commons being at the Bar with their Speaker, Her Majesty was pleased to make a Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, and then retired.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed at half-past three oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bristol.
2. Roll of the LordsThe Roll of the Lords, prepared by the Clerk of the Parliaments, was ordered to lie on the Table and be printed. (HL Paper 1)
3. Select Vestries BillThe Bill was presented by the Baroness Jay of Paddington and read a first time pro forma.
4. Queens SpeechThe Queens Speech was reported by the Lord Chancellor; then it was moved by the Lord Clinton-Davis that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows
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.
After the motion had been seconded by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal, the debate thereupon was adjourned till tomorrow.
5. Chairman of CommitteesThe Lord Boston of Faversham was appointed nemine dissentiente to take the Chair in all Committees for this Session.
6. Principal Deputy Chairman of CommitteesThe Lord Tordoff was appointed Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees for this Session nemine dissentiente.
7. Stoppages in the StreetsIt was ordered that the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis do take care that during the Session of Parliament the passages through the streets leading to this House be kept free and open; and that no obstruction be permitted to hinder the passage of the Lords to and from this House; and that no disorder be allowed in Westminster Hall, or in the passages leading to this House, during the sitting of Parliament; and that there be no annoyance therein or thereabouts; and that the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House do communicate this Order to the Commissioner aforesaid.
8. Appeal CommitteesTwo Appeal Committees were appointed pursuant to Standing Order.
9. Appellate CommitteesTwo Appellate Committees were appointed pursuant to Standing Order.
10. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Ghous (A.P.) (Petitioner) (lodged 24th September) The petition of Ghulam Ghous praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
11. Biesheuvel (Respondent) v. Birrell (Petitioner) The petition of Andrew Birrell praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
12. Turkington and others (practising as McCartan Turkington Breen) (Respondents) v. Times Newspapers Limited (Petitioners) (Northern Ireland) (lodged 20th November) The petition of Times Newspapers Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
13. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Sosanya (Petitioner) The petition of Olumuyiwa Kofi Sosanya praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
14. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department and another (Respondents) ex parte Peracha (A.P.) (Petitioner) The petition of Bashir Uddin Peracha praying for an extension of time within which the petition may be lodged and for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960, was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
15. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Salem (A.P.) (Appellant) 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 9th December next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
16. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Museums and GalleriesReport and Financial Statements for 1997-98 of the Greater Manchester Museum of Science and Industry Trust; ()
2. Arts and LibrariesReport for 1997-98 of the Arts Council of Wales. ()
17. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 68) The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Merchant Shipping (Vessels in Commercial Use for Sport or Pleasure) Regulations 1998, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995; (20th November) (2771)
2. Herring (Specified Sea Areas) (Prohibition of Fishing) Order 1998, laid under the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967; (20th November) (2867)
3. Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) Amendment Order 1998, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992; (23rd November) (2865)
4. (i) Registration of Political Parties (Fees) Order 1998 (2872)
(ii) Registration of Political Parties (Prohibited Words and Expressions) Order 1998 (2873)
laid under the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998; (23rd November)
5. Residuary Body for Wales (Winding Up) Order 1998, laid under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994. (23rd November) (2859)
18. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Town and Country Planning General (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the Town and County Planning Act 1990; (2800)
2. Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Settlements) (England) (No. 2) Order 1998, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988. (2836)
19. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Army Technical Support Agency, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
2. Report for 1997-98 of the Scottish Charities Nominee, laid under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990;
3. Remuneration of and Appointments to the Scottish Tourist Board, laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969;
4. Reports for 1995-96 on
(i) Smallholdings in Wales
(ii) Smallholdings in England
laid under the Agriculture Act 1970;
5. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales, laid under the Local Government Act 1972.
The House was adjourned at seven minutes before five oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
half-past two oclock for public business.