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Die Mercurii 2° Decembris 1998

The House met at half-past two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln.

1. Oaths—The Lords following took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute:

      Michael David Lord Morris

      Timothy George Frank Lord Boston.


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

    1. Shipping—1996 Amendments to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code)—

    (i) Resolution MSC.50 (66);      (4160)

    (ii) Resolution MSC.58 (67);      (4161)

    2. Legal System—Modernising Justice: The Government’s plans for reforming legal services and the courts: Government proposals;      (4155)

    3. Drug Trafficking—Agreement between the United Kingdom and the United States Concerning Maritime and Aerial Operations to Suppress Illicit Trafficking by Sea in Waters of the Caribbean and Bermuda, together with an explanatory memorandum.       (4154)

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

    1. Non-Domestic Rating Contributions (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992;      (2957)

    2. Occupational Pensions (Revaluation) Order 1998, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993;      (2921)

    3. Electricity Supply (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the Electricity Act 1989;       (2971)

    4. Wireless Telegraphy (Visiting Ships and Aircraft) Regulations 1998, laid under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949;      (2970)

    5. (i)      Statute made by the University of Cambridge on 21st August 1998—      (—)

    (ii) Statute made by Trinity College, Cambridge on 8th May 1998—      (—)

    (iii) Statute made by King’s College, Cambridge on 26th June 1998—      (—)

      laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923.

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

    1. Accounts for 1997-98 of the National Radiological Protection Board, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Radiological Protection Act 1970;

    2. Report for 1997-98 of the Rural Development Commission, laid under the Miscellaneous Financial Provisions Act 1983;

    3. Statement by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport appointing Viscount Runciman of Doxford CBE to the Board of the British Library for three years from 1st January 1999, laid under the British Library Act 1972;

    4. Account for 1997-98 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel, laid under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995.

Public Business

5. Access to Justice Bill [HL]— A bill to establish the Legal Services Commission, the Community Legal Service and the Criminal Defence Service; to amend the law of legal aid in Scotland; to make further provision about legal services; to make provision about appeals (including cases stated) and applications for habeas corpus and the reporting of court proceedings; to amend the law about magistrates and magistrates’ courts; and to make provision about immunity from action and costs and indemnities for certain officials exercising judicial functions was presented by the Lord Chancellor, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 4)

6. Access to Justice Bill [HL]— It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 4-EN)

7. The Queen’s Speech—The debate was resumed on the Motion that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows:

“Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty’s 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 further debate, the motion was agreed to nemine dissentiente and it was ordered that the Address be presented to Her Majesty by the Lords with White Staves.

The House was adjourned at seventeen minutes past nine o’clock

till tomorrow, two o’clock for judicial business,

three o’clock for public business.


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