HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 26° Maii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.
1. Viscount RothermereJonathan Harold Esmond Vere Viscount Rothermere sat first in Parliament after the death of his father, Vere Harold Esmond Viscount Rothermere, having first taken and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. OathEvelyn Rowland Esmond Earl of Cromer took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Royal AssentThe Lord Chancellor notified the Queens Assent to the following Acts:
|Scottish Enterprise Act||c.||5|
|Rating (Valuation) Act||c.||6|
|Northern Ireland (Location of Victims Remains) Act||c.||7|
4. Xydhias (Appellant) v. Xydhias (A.P.) (Respondent) (England) The appeal of Harry Costas Xydhias was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 7th July next.
5. Three Rivers District Council and others (Petitioners) v. Governor and Company of the Bank of England (Respondents) (Second Appeal) (England) The appeal of Three Rivers District Council and Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA (in liquidation) was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 7th July next.
6. Dimond (Petitioner) v. Lovell (Respondent) The petition of Vanessa Dawn Dimond praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
7. In re P (a minor) and others (Petitioners) The petition of the mother and father praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
8. Holland (Appellant) v. Lampen-Wolfe (Respondent) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
9. Canada Trust Company (Acting in its capacity as Trustee of the Chrysler Canada Ltds Benefits Plan, the Chrysler Canada Ltd Master Trust Fund, The Chrysler Canada Ltd Non-Canadian Master Trust Fund and the Holmes Foundry Division Master Trust Fund) and others (Respondents) v. Stolzenberg and Gambazzi and others (Appellants) and othersThe appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
10. Regina v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Appellant) ex parte Kebeline and others (Respondents) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queens Bench Division) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
11. Appeal CommitteeThe following Orders were made pursuant to the 33rd Report:
Her Majestys Attorney General (Respondent) v. Blake (Petitioner) and another That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 9th June next.
Garner (Her Majestys Inspector of Taxes) (Respondent) v. Pounds Shipowners and Shipbreakers Limited (Petitioners) and one other actionThat leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 9th June next.
12. Appeal CommitteeThe 37th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made:
Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Hindley (A.P.) (Appellant) That the petition of Justice that they might intervene by way of written submissions in the said appeal be allowed.
13. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. FinanceReport for 1999 of the Bank of England; ()
2. Debt Exchanges of Notes between the United Kingdom and Peru concerning Certain Commercial Debts:
(i) United Kingdom/Peru Debt Agreement No. 4 (1993); (4356)
(ii) United Kingdom/Peru Debt Agreement No. 5 (1996); (4357)
3. Human RightsProtocol No. 11 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, restructuring the control machinery established thereby; (4353)
4. Countryside AgencyGovernment Response to the 4th Report of the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee on the Countryside Agency. (4359)
14. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Highway Functions) Order 1999;
2. Draft Scottish Parliament (Assistance for Registered Political Parties) Order 1999;
3. Draft Scottish Parliament (Modifications of Schedules 4 and 5) Order 1999;
4. Draft Scottish Parliament (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 1999;
5. Draft Scottish Parliament (Border Rivers) Order 1999;
6. Draft Scottish Parliament (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 1999;
7. Draft Scottish Parliament (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) Order 1999;
8. Draft Scottish Parliament (Modification of Functions) Order 1999;
9. Draft Scottish Parliament (Consequential Modifications) (No. 2) Order 1999.
15. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Adoption (Amendment) Rules 1999, laid under the Adoption Act 1976; (1477)
2. (i) Education Development Plans (Wales) Regulations 1999 (1439)
(ii) Education (Inspection of Nursery Education) (Wales) Regulations 1999 (1441)
laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;
3. Education (Special Educational Needs) (Information) (Wales) Regulations 1999, laid under the Education Act 1996; (1442)
4. Education (School Inspection) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the School Inspections Act 1996; (1440)
5. (i) Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (1404)
(ii) Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (1403)
laid under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971;
6. Income Support (General) (Standard Interest Rate Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (1411)
7. Rail Vehicle Accessibility (LTS Rail Class 357 Vehicles) Exemption Order 1999, laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; (1448)
8. Railways Act 1993 (Consequential Modifications) Order 1999, laid under the Railways Act 1993; (1443)
9. Statute made by Wadham College, Oxford on 21st January 1999, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923. ()
16. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report for 199598 of the Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum, laid under the National Heritage Act 1983;
2. Account for 199798 of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997.
17. Greater London Authority BillIt was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Lord Whitty, that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Greater London Authority Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:
Clauses 1 and 2
Clauses 3 and 4
Clauses 5 to 17
Clauses 18 to 30
Clauses 31 to 72
Clauses 73 to 83
Clauses 84 to 118
Clauses 119 to 133
Clauses 134 to 136
Clauses 137 to 176
Schedules 10 and 11
Clauses 177 to 194
Clauses 195 to 197
Clauses 198 and 199
Clauses 200 to 202
Clauses 205 to 228
Clauses 230 to 242
Clauses 244 to 257
Schedules 23 and 24
Clauses 259 to 300
Clauses 301 to 320
Clauses 321 to 328
Clauses 329 and 330;
the motion was agreed to.
18. Employment Relations BillIt was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, on behalf of the Lord Simon of Highbury, that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:
Clauses 3 and 4
Clauses 5 to 9
Clauses 10 to 14
Clauses 15 to 25
Clauses 26 and 27
Clauses 28 to 35
Clauses 36 to 38;
the motion was agreed to.
19. Middle East (Short debate) It was moved by the Lord Kennet that there be laid before the House papers relating to the developments in the greater Middle East; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
20. Regional museums and galleries (Short debate) It was moved by the Earl of Clancarty that there be laid before the House papers relating to the role of the regional museums and galleries (particularly local authority museums) within the United Kingdom; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
21. European Convergence CriteriaIt was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that this House approves, for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, Her Majestys Governments assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1999-2000 and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1999-2000; the motion was agreed to.
22. Inheritance taxThe Lord Chesham asked Her Majestys Government whether they have considered the effects of their changes to conditional inheritance tax exemptions as promulgated in the Finance Act 1998 and whether they are prepared to reconsider the requirements in relation to items held on private property; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.
23. Local Government (Functions and Standards) A message was brought from the Commons that they have ordered:
That a Select Committee of eight Members be appointed to join with the committee to be appointed by the Lords to consider the draft Local Government (Functions and Standards) Bill published in the Command Paper entitled Local Leadership, Local Choice (Cm. 4298);
That three be the quorum of the Committee;
That the Committee shall have power
(i) to send for persons, papers and records;
(ii) to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;
(iii) to report from time to time;
(iv) to appoint specialist advisers;
(v) to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom; and
(vi) to communicate to any Select Committee appointed by either House its evidence and any documents of common interest;
That the Committee shall report by 31st July 1999.
The House was adjourned at eight minutes past ten oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.