HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 27° Januarii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lincoln.
1. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. EducationTargeting ExcellenceModernising Scotlands Schools: Government consultation document; (4247)
2. FoodThe Food Standards Agency: Consultation on Draft Legislation; (4249)
3. Museums and GalleriesNote of increase in indemnity for objects on loan to the National Portrait Gallery; ()
4. Armed ForcesAdministrative Agreement to Supplement the Agreement between the Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty regarding the Status of their Forces with respect to Foreign Forces stationed in the Federal Republic of Germany; (4251)
5. Air ServicesAgreement between the United Kingdom and Bahrain concerning Air Services; (4250)
6. WrecksAgreement between Estonia, Finland and Sweden regarding the M/S Estonia with Additional Protocol, together with an explanatory memorandum. (4252)
2. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Development Commission (Transfer of Functions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1999.
3. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. (107)
Select Committee Report
4. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
6th Report, on the following Bills:
Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill;
Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL] Government Response. (HL Paper 21)
5. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debates on the motions in the names of the Lord Berkeley and the Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws set down for today shall each be limited to 3 hours; the motion was agreed to.
6. Deputy Chairmen of CommitteesIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract and the Baroness Gardner of Parkes be added to the Panel of Lords appointed to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this session; the motion was agreed to.
7. Transport (3-hour debate) It was moved by the Lord Berkeley that there be laid before the House papers relating to the White Paper A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone (Cm 3950) and other related transport matters; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
8. British Council (3-hour debate) It was moved by the Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws that there be laid before the House papers relating to the role and future of the British Council; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
9. Mary Bell case: press complaintsThe Lord McNally asked Her Majestys Government what changes in procedure and liaison between the Home Office and the Press Complaints Commission have taken place following their respective inquiries into the circumstances surrounding press serialisation of Cries Unheard concerning the case of Mary Bell; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Williams of Mostyn.
The House was adjourned at eight minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.