HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 5° Maii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Exeter.
1. Imperial Chemical Industries (Respondents) v. Colmer (Her Majestys Inspector of Taxes) (Appellant) It was ordered that the cause be again referred to the Appellate Committee.
2. Brown (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Rentokil Limited (Respondents) (Scotland) It was ordered that the cause be again referred to the Appellate Committee.
3. Boukssid (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) (England) The appeal of Fatima Boukssid was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 16th June next.
4. Inco Europe Limited and others (Appellants) v. First Choice Distribution (a firm) and others (Respondents) (England) The appeal of Inco Europe Limited, Inco Alloys Limited and Inco Limited was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 16th June next.
5. Reynolds (Respondent) v. Times Newspapers Limited and others (Appellants) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
6. Regina v. Secretary of State for Transport (Appellant) ex parte Factortame Limited and others and another (A.P.) (Respondents) The legal aid certificate of Mrs Malvina Virginia OConnor (Respondent) was lodged and in accordance with Standing Orders VI and IX it was ordered that the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 4th May (lodged 4th May).
7. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Lifelong LearningMinute of 5th May concerning the gifting of assets costing £448,734 from the Department of Employment to UFI Limited to support the development of the company to deliver the Departments objectives for Lifelong Learning; ()
2. Victims RemainsAgreement between the United Kingdom and Ireland establishing the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains; (4344)
3. FinanceTreasury Minute on the 5th Report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee: The Sale of British Energy. (4335)
8. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Recreation Grounds (Revocation of Parish Council Byelaws) Order 1999, laid under the Local Government Act 1972; (1227)
2. Social Security Revaluation of Earnings Factors Order 1999, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992; (1235)
3. (i) National Health Service (Clinical Negligence Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (1274)
(ii) National Health Service (Existing Liabilities Scheme) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (1275)
laid under the National Health Service Act 1977.
9. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Statement of guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Scotland in respect of borrowing by the Dumfries and Galloway Acute and Maternity Hospitals National Health Service Trust from the Bank of Scotland plc, laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;
2. Report for 1998 of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992;
3. Report and Accounts for 199798 of the Defence Animal Centre, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.
10. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that the debates on the motions in the names of the Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank and the Viscount Falkland set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours; the motion was agreed to.
11. Council of Europe (2½-hour debate) It was moved by the Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank that there be laid before the House papers relating to the 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
12. Public service broadcasting (2½-hour debate) It was moved by the Viscount Falkland that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for preserving the quality and diversity of public service broadcasting in the digital age, against the background of increasing global competition; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
13. Rating (Valuation) BillThe bill was reported from a Grand Committee without amendment.
14. Closure of rural schoolsThe Baroness Linklater of Butterstone asked Her Majestys Government what are the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local schools; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.
The House was adjourned at twenty-nine minutes past nine oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.
Rating (Valuation) BillThe bill was considered in a Grand Committee; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; it was ordered that the bill be reported without amendment.