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Die Martis 13° Aprilis 1999

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.

Judicial Business

1. Reynolds (Respondent) v. Times Newspapers Limited and others (Appellants)— 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 27th April next (the agents for the respondent 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.      Foreign Affairs—Government Response to the 2nd Report of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, on Sierra Leone;      (4325)

    2.      Comprehensive Spending Review—Public Services for the Future: Modernisation, Reform, Accountability: summary of Departmental Investment Strategies.      (4324)

3. Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Draft Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 1999;

    2. Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1999;

    3. Draft Potato Industry Development Council (Amendment) Order 1999.

4. Deregulation—The following document was laid before the House under section 3(3) of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 and referred to the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee:

    Proposal for the Draft Deregulation (New Year Licensing) Order 1999.

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

    1. (i)      Fish Producers’ Organisations (Formation Grants) Regulations 1999—      (1110)

    (ii) Public Offers of Securities (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999—      (1146)

    laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

    2. (i)      Draft Code of Practice on LEA-School Relations—      (—)

    (ii) Education (Nursery Education and Early Years Development) (Wales) Regulations 1999—      (1099)

    laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;      

    3. Magistrates’ Courts (Forms) (Amendment) Rules 1999, laid under the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980.      (1149)

    4. (i)      Transfer of Property etc. (Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body) Order 1999—      (1106)

      (ii) Transfer of Property etc. (Scottish Ministers) Order 1999—      (1104)

    laid under the Scotland Act 1998;

    5. Parole Board (Scotland) Amendment Rules 1999, laid under the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993;      (1116)

    6. (i)      National Health Service Trusts (Membership and Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999—      (1133)

    (ii)    Health Boards (Membership and Procedure) (No. 2) Amendment Regulations 1999—    (1132)

    laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;

    7. Students’ Allowances (Scotland) Regulations 1999, laid under the Education (Scotland) Act 1980.      (1131)

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

    1. Accounts for 1st January-28 February 1999 of the North Hull Housing Action Trust, laid under the Housing Act 1988;

    2. Accounts for 1997-98 of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Education Act 1997;

    3. Report for 1997-98 of the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, laid under the Prisons Act 1952.

Select Committee Report

7. Procedure of the House—The 2nd Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 52)

Public Business

8. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bill [HL]— A bill to make new provision in relation to areas of outstanding natural beauty was presented by the Lord Renton of Mount Harry, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 46)

9. Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) Bill [HL]— A bill to devolve to the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales power to set time zones and summer time in Scotland and Wales respectively was presented by the Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 47)

10. Employment Relations Bill—A bill to amend the law relating to employment, to trade unions and to employment agencies and businesses was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 48)

11. Employment Relations Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 48-EN)

12. Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that Standing Order 38 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday next to allow the motion standing in the name of the Lord Williams of Mostyn to be taken first after the Chairman of Committees’ business; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

13. Scottish Enterprise Bill—The order of commitment was discharged.

14. Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies Bill [HL]— The order of commitment was discharged.

15. Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) Bill [HL]— The order of commitment was discharged.

16. Births and Deaths (Registration) Bill [HL]— The bill was read a third time; a privilege amendment was agreed to; then after debate the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.

17. European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) Bill [HL]— The order of commitment was discharged.

18. Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]— The bill was re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

19. Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill—It was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn that the bill be now read a second time; then it was moved by the Baroness Young, as an amendment thereto, to leave out (“now”) and at end insert (“this day six months”); after debate, the amendment was agreed to (see division list).

The House was adjourned at eleven minutes past midnight

in the morning of Wednesday 14th April till later the same day,

half-past two o’clock in the afternoon.


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