HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 7° Julii 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Ely.
1. Benn (Petitioner) v. Moore (Respondent)The petition of Nigel Benn praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
2. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 43rd Report
Hamilton (Respondent) v. Al Fayed (Petitioner)That the petition be referred for hearing.
3. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. FinanceTreasury Minute on the tenth and the twelfth to fourteenth Reports from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee; (4381)
2. Shipping1997 Amendments to the Protocol of 1978 relating to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, 25th September 1997; (4388)
3. Human RightsSecond Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, 15th December 1989; (4375)
4. LawAgreement between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands concerning a Scottish trial in the Netherlands, 18th September 1998. (4378)
4. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1999.
5. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Football Spectators (Seating) Order 1999, laid under the Football Spectators Act 1989; (1926)
2. Fixed Penalty Offences Order 1999, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1988; (1851)
3. Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Fire Precautions Act 1971; (1877)
4. Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment Amendment Regulations 1999, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (1880)
5. Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) Order 1999, laid under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975; (1930)
6. Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. (1925)
6. 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 Castle Vale Housing Action Trust, laid under the Housing Act 1998;
2. Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Northern Ireland Court Service on legal aid, laid under the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;
3. Report for 1998-99 of the Police Complaints Authority, laid under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984;
4. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Police Complaints Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984;
5. Treasury Minute dated 7th July directing the application of certain receipts as appropriations in aid of the Vote specified in the late revised estimates for 1999-2000, laid under the Public Accounts and Charges Act 1891;
6. Accounts for the year ended 5th April 1999 of the Pensions Compensation Board, with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Pensions Act 1995.
Select Committee Report
7. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
22nd Report, on the Immigration and Asylum Bill. (HL Paper 85)
8. Greater London Authority 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 agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.
9. Finance BillA bill to grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with Finance was brought from the Commons endorsed with the certificate of the Speaker that the bill is a money bill, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 78)
10. Space policyThe Lord Renwick asked Her Majestys Government what decisions were taken at the Council of Ministers of the European Space Agency on 11th and 12th May; and what were the implications of these decisions for United Kingdom space policy; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
11. Greater London Authority 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 amendment 369.
The House was adjourned at ten minutes past midnight
in the morning of Thursday 8th July till later the same day,
two oclock in the afternoon for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.