HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 3° Novembris 1999
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bradford.
1. Baroness WhitakerJanet Alison Whitaker, having been created Baroness Whitaker, of Beeston in the County of Nottinghamshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 5th August 1999, was introduced between the Baroness Blackstone and the Baroness Amos, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.
2. Lord Foster of Thames BankSir Norman Robert Foster, Knight, OM, having been created Baron Foster of Thames Bank, of Reddish in the County of Greater Manchester, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 19th July 1999, was introduced between the Lord Weidenfeld and the Lord Sainsbury of Turville, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Aldrich and others (Petitioners) v. Norwich Union Life Insurance Company Limited (formerly Norwich Union Life Insurance Society) (Respondents)The petition of Diane Aldrich, Charles Day, Todd Civardi and Henrietta Biggs praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 20th August).
4. Rogers (Petitioner) v. London Borough of Islington (Respondents)The petition of Guy Rogers praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 25th August).
5. Regina v. Her Majestys Customs and Excise (Respondents) ex parte Popely and another (Petitioner)The petition of Michael Harris praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 18th October).
6. Arthur J S Hall & Co (Appellants) v. Simons (A.P.) (Respondent)
7. Barratt (Respondent) v. Ansell and others (trading as Woolf Seddon (a firm)) (Appellants)
8. Harris (Respondent) v. Scholfield Roberts & Hill (a firm) (Appellants) and others
The petition of the General Bar Council of the Bar of England and Wales was presented praying that they might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeals (the agents for the appellants and the respondents consenting thereto), and referred to an Appeal Committee.
9. Lancashire County Council and another (Respondents) v. Barlow and another (Petitioners) and one other actionThe legal aid certificate of the child B was lodged.
10. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 65th Report
Johnson (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Unisys Limited (Respondents)That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 17th November next.
11. Appeal CommitteeThe 69th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made
Johnson (A.P.) (Original Appellant and Cross-respondent) v. Gore Wood & Co (a firm) (Original Respondents and Cross-petitioners)That leave to cross-appeal be given, and that the cross-appeal be lodged by 17th November next. Papers
12. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
Public AccountsTreasury Minute on the 28th, 29th and 31st Reports from the Public Accounts Committee 1998-99. (4471)
13. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Maximum Number of Stipendiary Magistrates Order 1999.
14. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Road Vehicles (Brake Linings Safety) Regulations 1999, laid under the Consumer Protection Act 1987; (2978)
2. Asbestos (Prohibitions) (Amendment) No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974; (2977)
3. (i) Organic Farming (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 (2933)
(ii) Financial Markets and Insolvency (Settlement Finality) Regulations 1999 (2979)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972.
15. Kent County Council Bill [HL]
16. Medway Council Bill [HL]
The bills were reported from the Unopposed Bill Committee with amendments.
17. City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]The bill was reported from the Unopposed Bill Committee with amendments.
18. City of London (Ward Elections) BillA message was brought from the Commons, that they have made the following orders to which they desire the concurrence of this House:
That the Promoters of the City of London (Ward Elections) Bill shall have leave to suspend proceedings thereon in order to proceed with the Bill in the next Session of Parliament provided that the Agents for the Bill give notice to the Clerks in the Private Bill Office not later than the day before the close of the present Session of their intention to suspend further proceedings and that all Fees due on the Bill up to that date be paid; Public Business
That on the fifth day on which the House sits in the next Session the Bill shall be presented to the House;
That there shall be deposited with the Bill a declaration signed by the Agents for the Bill, stating that the Bill is the same, in every respect, as the Bill presented in the House in the present Session;
That as soon as a certificate by one of the Clerks in the Private Bill Office, that such a declaration has been so deposited, has been laid upon the Table of the House, the Bill shall be read the first and second time and committed (and shall be recorded in the Journal of this House as having been so read and committed) and shall be committed to the Chairman of Ways and Means;
That the Chairman of Ways and Means shall make such Amendments thereto as have been made by the committee in the present Session, and shall report the Bill as amended to the House forthwith, and the Bill, so amended, shall be ordered to be considered;
That no further Fees shall be charged in respect of any proceedings on the Bill in respect of which Fees have already been incurred during the present Session;
That these Orders be Standing Orders of the House.
19. IntroductionsIt was moved to resolve by the Lord Williams of Mostyn, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, That, notwithstanding the practice of the House on Introductions, a Peer who has sat by virtue of a hereditary peerage may sit by virtue of a life peerage without introduction; the motion was agreed to.
20. Food Standards BillThe bill was read a third time; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; then, after debate, the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
21. Taxes in the EU (ECC Report)It was moved by the Lord Grenfell that this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Taxes in the EU: can co-ordination and competition co-exist? (15th Report, HL Paper 92); after debate, the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at twenty-three minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.
In the division on the Immigration and Asylum Bill on 2nd November, L. Cocks of Hartcliffe should have been recorded as voting Not Content and not L. Cochrane of Cults.