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Die Martis 9° Februarii 1999

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Carlisle.

1. Queen’s Speech—The Queen’s answer to the Address of 2nd December last was delivered by the Lord Chamberlain (Lord Camoys) and read, as follows:

    I have received with great satisfaction the loyal and dutiful expression of your thanks for the speech with which I opened the present Session of Parliament.

Judicial Business

2. Regina v. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Respondent) ex parte Watt (Petitioner)— The petition of Margaret Watt praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

3. Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 17th Report:

    Regina v. Manchester Stipendiary Magistrate and the Lord Advocate (Petitioner) ex parte Granada Television Limited (Respondents)— That leave to appeal be given and that the petition of appeal be lodged forthwith.


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

    (i)      Scheme for Construction Contracts in Northern Ireland Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999—      (32)

    (ii)      Construction Contracts Exclusion Order (Northern Ireland) 1999—      (33)

    laid under the Northern Ireland Act 1974.

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

    1. Statement by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on Policing Principles for Northern Ireland, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998;

    2. Report for 1997-98 of the London Regional Passengers Committee, laid under the London Regional Transport Act 1984;

    3. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the British Railways Board, laid under the Transport Act 1962;

    4. Report for 1997-98 of the Office for Standards in Education, laid under the Schools Inspection Act 1996.

Select Committee Report

6. Statutory Instruments—The 8th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 1999;

      Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Finance) Order 1999;

      Draft Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1999;

      Draft Education (Student Support) Regulations 1999;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 27)

Private Business

7. Kent County Council Bill [HL]— A petition was deposited against the bill on behalf of Ashford Cattle Market Company Limited (No. 1) by Rees & Freres. [5th February]

Public Business

8. Health Bill [HL]— It was moved by the Baroness Hayman that the bill be now read a second time; then it was moved by the Earl Howe, as an amendment thereto, at end to insert “but this House regrets that neither the definition of a Primary Care Trust nor any adequate provisions relating to the functions, powers, responsibilities and structure of such are contained in the Bill; and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to amend the Bill accordingly”; after debate, the amendment was (by leave of the House) withdrawn; then the original motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

9. University accommodation—The Lord Tope asked Her Majesty’s Government whether adequate measures and inspection arrangements are in force to ensure the safety of university students who rent accommodation; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton.

The House was adjourned at twenty-five minutes before ten o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.


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