HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 6° Julii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ely.
1. In re Moringiello (Petitioner) (application for a writ of Habeas Corpus)The petition of Thomas Moringiello praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 6th March).
2. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. MilkMonopolies and Mergers Commission report on the supply in Great Britain of raw cows milk; (4286)
2. Northern IrelandGovernment Response to the 11th Report of the House of Commons Select Committee of Public Accounts, Controls to Prevent and Detect Fraud in Family Practitioner Service Payments; (4394)
3. HealthSaving Lives: Our Healthier Nation: Government proposals. (4386)
3. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (England and Wales) Regulations 1999, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991; (1918)
2. Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990; (1810)
3. Greenhill College, Harrow and Weald College, Harrow (Dissolution) Order 1999, laid under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. (1919)
4. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the Fair Employment Commission, laid under the Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Act 1976;
2. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Education Transfer Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Education Reform Act 1988;
3. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the Financial Services Authority, laid under the Financial Services Act 1996.
Select Committee Reports
5. Procedure of the HouseThe 3rd and 4th Reports from the Select Committee were made; it was ordered that the Reports be printed. (HL Papers 81 and 84)
6. Statutory InstrumentsThe 24th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Draft Ministerial and other Salaries Order 1999;
Draft North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999;
Draft Aeroplane Noise (Amendment) Regulations 1999;
Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Code of Conduct) Order 1999;
Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1999;
Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1999;
Draft International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Miscellaneous Provisions Order 1999;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 80)
7. European CommunitiesThe following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
Enlarging the Jurisdiction of the Court of First Instance; (13th Report-HL Paper 82)
Evidence by the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on the Cologne European Council. (14th Report-HL Paper 83)
8. Employment Relations BillIt was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, on behalf of the Lord Simon of Highbury, that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:
Clauses 3 and 4
Clauses 5 to 9
Clauses 10 to 15
Clauses 16 to 26
Clauses 27 and 28
Clauses 29 to 36
Clauses 37 to 39;
the motion was agreed to.
9. Welfare Reform and Pensions BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed for a statement; the House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.
10. General PinochetThe Lord Lamont of Lerwick asked Her Majestys Government what were the circumstances and background of the arrest of General Pinochet; what was the role of the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Ministers and the Diplomatic Service; and what has been the effect on Anglo-Chilean relations; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Williams of Mostyn.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
11. Welfare Reform and Pensions BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed after clause 50 stood part.
The House was adjourned at two minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.