HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 16° Februarii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
1. Scarborough Building Society (Respondents) v. Howes Percival (a firm) (Petitioners) Upon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn on the terms agreed between the parties and on condition that the petitioners do pay to the respondents any costs incurred in respect of the petition for leave to appeal to this House, such costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
2. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 3rd Report:
Reynolds (Respondent) v. Times Newspapers Limited and others (Petitioners) That leave to appeal be given be given on condition that the petitioners do pay the respondents costs in any event and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 2nd March next.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 4th Report:
Docker and others (A.P.) (Petitioners) v. Chief Constable of West Midlands Police (Respondents) That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 2nd March next.
4. Appeal CommitteeThe 20th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made:
Society of Lloyds (Petitioners and Original Respondents) v. Robinson (Original Appellant and Cross-Respondent) and anotherThat leave to cross-appeal be given on condition that the cross-appellants do pay the costs of such cross-appeal.
5. Society of Lloyds (Cross-Appellants and Original Respondents) v. Robinson (Original Appellant and Cross-Respondent) and another (England) The cross-appeal of the Society of Lloyds was presented and was referred to an Appellate Committee.
6. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
Special HospitalsVolume 2 of the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Personality Disorder Unit, Ashworth Special Hospital: Expert Evidence on Personality Disorder. (4195)
7. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999;
2. Draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 1999;
3. Draft Scottish Parliament (First Ordinary General Election and First Meeting) Order 1999;
4. Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999;
5. Draft National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 1999;
6. Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999.
8. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on Regulations Implementing the National Minimum Wage, laid under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.
Select Committee Report
9. Statutory InstrumentsThe 9th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Order 1999;
Draft National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) Order 1999;
Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 28)
10. Access to Justice Bill [HL] The bill was further considered on report; an amendment was agreed to (see division list); further amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further consideration on report was adjourned.
11. Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 1999It was moved by the Lord Dubs that the draft Order laid before the House on 1st February be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
12. Access to Justice Bill [HL] The bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 21)
The House was adjourned at twenty-nine minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.