HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 7° Decembris 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.
1. Barclays Bank plc (Respondents) v. Harris and another (A.P.) (Petitioner) (lodged 15th October) The petition of Beryl Irene Harris praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
2. T G A Chapman Limited and others (Respondents) v. Christopher and others (Appellants) The petition of the appellants praying that the appeal be withdrawn on the terms agreed between the parties (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 84th Report, Session 1997-98
General of Berne Insurance Company (Petitioners) v. Jardine Reinsurance Management Limited (formerly Jardine Thompson Graham (Underwriting Management) Limited) and others (Respondents) That the petition be referred for hearing.
4. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 94th Report, Session 1997-98:
Canada Trust Company (Acting in its capacity as Trustee of the Chrysler Canada Ltds Benefits Plan, the Chrysler Canada Ltd Master Trust Fund, the Chrysler Canada Ltd Non-Canadian Master Trust Fund and the Holmes Foundry Division Master Trust Fund) and others (Respondents) v. Stolzenberg and Gambazzi and others (Petitioners) and othersThat the petition be referred for hearing.
5. Appeal CommitteeThe 4th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made:
Docker and others (A.P.) (Petitioners) v. Chief Constable of West Midlands Police (Respondents) That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 21st December next.
6. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. SportReport for 1997-98 of the Scottish Sports Council; ()
2. PrisonsGovernment Reply to the 3rd Report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, Session 1997-98, on Alternatives to Prison Sentences. (4174)
7. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 68) The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 4th December, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Non-automatic Weighing Instruments (EEC Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the Weights and Measures Act 1985; (2994)
2. Hallmarking (Hallmarking Act Amendment) Regulations 1998, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (2798)
3. Hallmarking (Hallmarking Act Amendment) Order 1998, laid under the Hallmarking Act 1973. (2979)
8. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Non-Domestic Rating Contributions (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (2962)
(ii) Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Settlements) (Wales) Order 1998 (2963)
laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988;
2. Superannuation (Admission to Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972) (No. 3) Order 1998, laid under the Superannuation Act 1972. (3030)
9. 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 Local Government Residuary Body (England), laid under the Local Government Residuary Body (England) Order 1995;
2. Notice of appointment of Councillor Donald Anderson to the Scottish Tourist Board with effect from 1st December 1998, laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969;
3. Accounts for 1997-98 of the National Library of Wales, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992;
4. Draft Code of Practice for the exercise by Police Officers of statutory powers of stop and search, laid under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
10. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that Standing Order 38 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with tomorrow so far as is necessary to allow the motion standing in the name of the Lord Gilbert to be taken before the two draft Orders standing in the name of the Lord Williams of Mostyn; the motion was agreed to.
11. Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of EnglandIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:
L. Thomas of Macclesfield
That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;
That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;
That the Committee do meet on Wednesday 9th December at half-past ten oclock;
the motion was agreed to.
12. Deputy Chairmen of CommitteesIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be appointed as the panel of Lords to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this session:
V. Allenby of Megiddo
L. Brougham and Vaux
L. Cocks of Hartcliffe
L. Dean of Harptree
L. Elliott of Morpeth
L. Graham of Edmonton
L. McColl of Dulwich
L. McIntosh of Haringey
L. Murton of Lindisfarne
V. St. Davids
B. Turner of Camden;
the motion was agreed to.
13. Parliamentary PrivilegeIt was ordered that a Message be sent to the Commons to propose that the Committee appointed by them do meet with the Committee appointed by this House as the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege at ten oclock on Tuesday 8th December in Committee Room 4.
14. Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL] It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Grand Committee.
15. Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998It was moved by the Lord Dubs that the draft Order laid before the House on 30th November be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
16. Parliamentary PrivilegeA message was brought from the Commons that they have ordered that the Committee appointed by them do meet with the Lords Committee on Tuesday 8th December at ten oclock in Committee Room 4, as proposed by this House.
17. Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998It was moved by the Lord Dubs that the draft Order laid before the House on 12th November be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
18. Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1998It was moved by the Lord Hoyle that the draft Order laid before the House on 4th November be approved; the motion was agreed to.
19. Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL] It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
20. Local authorities: age of candidatesThe Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majestys Government whether they will consider lowering the minimum age for candidates standing in local elections to eighteen; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Williams of Mostyn.
The House was adjourned at twenty-six minutes past eight oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.