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Die Martis 27° Aprilis 1999

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

1. Oath—Richard Charles Uryan Lord Dinevor took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

2. Three Rivers District Council and others (Original Appellants and Cross-respondents) v. Governor and Company of the Bank of England (Original Respondents and Cross-appellants) (England)— The cross-appeal of the Governor and Company of the Bank of England was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 8th June next.

3. Berkeley (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Environment and others (Respondents)— The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee (lodged 26th April).

4. 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 4th May next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.


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

    1. Countryside Stewardship (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (1177)

    2. Lay Representatives (Rights of Audience) Order 1999, laid under the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990;      (1225)

    3. (i)      Draft Code of Practice on Rights of Access: Goods, Facilities, Services and Premises—      (—)

    (ii) Draft Code of Practice on Duties of Trade Organisations to their disabled members and applicants—      (—)

    (iii) Disability Discrimination (Services and Premises) Regulations 1999—      (1191)

    laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

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

    1. 4th Report for 1998-99 of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration on the Ostrich Farming Corporation Ltd, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967.

    2. Report for 1995-98 of the Wallace Collection, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992.

Select Committee Reports

7. Statutory Instruments—The following Reports from the Joint Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

    16th Report on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Framework Agreement for Trade and Cooperation between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of Korea) Order 1999;

      Draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) Regulations 1999;

      Draft Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme; (HL Paper 56)

    First Special Report: Departmental returns on instruments reported to Parliament, 1998. (HL Paper 57)

8. Financial Services and Markets—The First Report from the Joint Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed, together with the minutes of proceedings and minutes of evidence. (HL Paper 50-I and II)

Private Business

9. Imperial College Bill—The Examiner’s certificate that no further standing order is applicable was ordered to lie on the Table.

10. HFC Bank Bill—The bill was brought from the Commons, read a first time and referred to the Examiners.

Public Business

11. House of Lords Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was negatived; the House was resumed.

12. European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1999—It was moved by the Lord Dubs that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 13th April be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

13. House of Lords Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1 and 2); the House was resumed after amendment 23.

14. Financial Services and Markets—A message was brought from the Commons that they have made the following order, to which they desire the concurrence of this House: That it be an Instruction to the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets that it report by 27th May 1999 on Parts V (employment in regulated activities), VI (civil fines for market abuse) and XII (disciplinary measures) of the draft bill in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights.

The House was adjourned at nineteen minutes past one o’clock

in the morning of Wednesday 28th April

till later the same day, half-past two o’clock in the afternoon.


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