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Die Mercurii 17° Martii 1999

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Norwich.

Judicial Business

1. Stannifer Developments Limited (Appellants) v. Glasgow Development Agency and others (Respondents) (Scotland)— The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 31st March next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.


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

    1. Overseas Territories—Partnership for Progress and Prosperity: Britain and the Overseas Territories: Government Proposals;    (4264)

    2. Finance—Treasury Minute on the 68th and 69th Reports from the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, session 1997-98.    (4279)

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

    1. Plant Health (Fees) (Forestry) (Great Britain) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (783)

    2. Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Maternity Pay (Decisions) Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992;      (776)

    3. (i)      Legal Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999—      (—)

    (ii) Legal Advice and Assistance (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999—      (—)

    (iii) Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999—      (—)

    laid under the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981.

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

    1. Report for 1997-98 of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland, laid under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953;

    2. Statements of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health in respect of temporary borrowing by—

    (i) Northern General Hospital National Health Service Trust from the Royal Bank of Scotland plc—

    (ii) Queens Medical Centre Nottingham University Hospital National Health Service Trust from National Westminster Bank plc—

    (iii) Wakefield and Pontefract Community Health National Health Service Trust from Barclays Bank plc—

    (iv) West Dorset General Hospitals National Health Service Trust from Barclays Bank plc—

    laid under the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990.

Public Business

5. Parliamentary Government Bill [HL]— A bill to make new provision about Parliamentary government; and for connected purposes was presented by the Viscount Cranborne, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 37)

6. House of Lords Bill—A bill to end membership of the House of Lords by virtue of a hereditary peerage; to make related provision about disqualifications for voting at elections to, and for membership of, the House of Commons; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 38)

7. House of Lords Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 38-EN)

8. Parliament and democracy—It was moved by the Lord Waddington that there be laid before the House papers relating to the need to maintain respect for Parliament and to safeguard democracy; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

9. Nagorno-Karabakh—The Viscount Waverley asked Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe solutions to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean.

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

till tomorrow, two o’clock for judicial business,

three o’clock for public business.


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