House of Lords Journal 233 (Session 1999-00)

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Thursday 25 May 2000

The House met at eleven o’clock.

The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:

Irvine of Lairg, L.
(Lord Chancellor)

Aberdare, L.
Ackner, L.
Addington, L.
Ahmed, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St Johns, B.
Arran, E.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Berkeley, L.

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Bernstein of Craigweil, L.
Biffen, L.
Billingham, B.
Blatch, B.
Blease, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Bragg, L.
Brightman, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Burnham, L.
Buscombe, B.
Butler of Brockwell, L.
Byford, B.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carter, L.
Christopher, L.
Clark of Kempston, L.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Colwyn, L.
Cooke of Thorndon, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Crawley, B.
Crickhowell, L.
Dahrendorf, L.
David, B.
Davies of Oldham, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Denham, L.
Desai, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Donoughue, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Dundee, E.
Durham, Bp.
Eatwell, L.
Elder, L.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.
Erroll, E.
Evans of Temple Guiting, L.
Evans of Watford, L.
Ezra, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Faulkner of Worcester, L.
Fitt, L.
Fookes, B.
Gale, B.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Gavron, L.
Geddes, L.
Geraint, L.
Gibson of Market Rasen, B.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Glentoran, L.
Goschen, V.
Goudie, B.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greaves, L.
Greengross, B.
Greenway, L.
Grenfell, L.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of Richmond, B.
Harrison, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Henley, L.
Hereford, Bp.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Holderness, L.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
Hooson, L.
Howe, E.
Howell of Guildford, L.
Howells of St. Davids, B.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Kings Heath, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Islwyn, L.
Jacobs, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jenkins of Hillhead, L.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Jopling, L.
Kimball, L.
King of West Bromwich, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kirkhill, L.
Laird, L.
Lawson of Blaby, L.
Lea of Crondall, L.
Lester of Herne Hill, L.
Lipsey, L.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Lucas, L.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McConnell, L.
Macfarlane of Bearsden, L.
McFarlane of Llandaff, B.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
MacKenzie of Culkein, L.
Mackie of Benshie, L.
McNally, L.
Mar, C.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Mishcon, L.
Molloy, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Morris of Castle Morris, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Moynihan, L.
Murray of Epping Forest, L.
Murton of Lindisfarne, L.
Nicol, B.
Northbrook, L.
Northesk, E.
Northover, B.
Oxfuird, V.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Patel, L.
Paul, L.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Perry of Walton, L.
Peston, L.
Peyton of Yeovil, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Plant of Highfield, L.
Platt of Writtle, B.
Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.
Prys-Davies, L.
Puttnam, L.
Pym, L.
Quirk, L.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Rawlings, B.
Redesdale, L.
Renton, L.
Richard, L.
Richardson of Calow, B.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rogan, L.
Rosslyn, E.
Rotherwick, L.
Russell, E.
St. John of Fawsley, L.
Sandwich, E.
Sawyer, L.
Scott of Needham Market, B.
Seccombe, B.
Serota, B.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Shrewsbury, E.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Skelmersdale, L.
Slim, V.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Smith of Leigh, L.
Southwark, Bp.
Stern, B.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Strange, B.
Strathclyde, L.
Swinfen, L.
Taverne, L.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thornton, B.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Trumpington, B.
Turner of Camden, B.
Uddin, B.
Vivian, L.

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Waddington, L.
Wakeham, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walmsley, B.
Walpole, L.
Warwick of Undercliffe, B.
Whitaker, B.
Wilberforce, L.
Wilkins, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Williamson of Horton, L.
Young of Old Scone, B.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

1.Hereditary Peers—The Clerk of the Parliaments notified the House that in accordance with Standing Order 9 he had issued a certificate to the Clerk of the Crown that the Lord Cobbold is entitled to a Writ of Summons to Parliament in the place of the Baroness Wharton deceased.

Judicial Business

2.Perceval-Price and others (Respondents) v. Department of Economic Development (Petitioners) and others and others (Petitioners) and others (Northern Ireland)—The petition of the Department of Economic Development, Her Majestys Attorney General for Northern Ireland and the Department of Health and Social Services praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 11th May).


3.Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Metropolitan Police—Metropolitan Police Fund Account 1997–98;
(i)Waste Strategy for England and Wales Part 1—(4693–1)
(ii)Waste Strategy for England and Wales Part 2.(4693–2)
4.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Stakeholder Pension Schemes Regulations 2000, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993;
2. (i)Virgin Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 2000—(1343)
(ii)Montserrat Constitution (Amendment) Order 2000—(1339)
 laid under the West Indies Act 1962;
3. (i)Pitcairn (Amendment) Order 2000—(1340)
(ii)Pitcairn Court of Appeal Order 2000—(1341)
 laid under the British Settlements Act 1887;
4.Statute made by the University of Oxford on 20th January 2000 amending the Statutes of the University, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923;
5. (i)Income Support (General) (Standard Interest Rate Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000—(1402)
(ii)Social Security (Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2000—(1401)
 laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;
6.Home-Grown Cereals Authority (Rate of Levy) Order 2000, laid under the Cereals Marketing Act 1965.
5.Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000.

6.Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Remit for the Monetary Policy Committee, laid under the Bank of England Act 1998;
2.United Nations (International Tribunals) (Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda) (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the United Nations Act 1946.

Private Business

7.Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]—The Examiner’s certificate that the further Standing Orders had been complied with was ordered to lie on the Table and the bill was committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee.

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Public Business

8.Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) Bill [HL]—A bill to make provision about fees for television licences in residential care accommodation was presented by the Baroness Anelay of St Johns, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill Bill 77)
9.Postal Services Bill—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, on behalf of the Lord Sainsbury of Turville, that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Postal Services Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:
Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clause 2
Schedule 2
Clauses 3 to 62
Schedule 3
Clauses 63 to 81
Schedule 4
Clauses 82 to 94
Schedules 5 and 6
Clauses 95 to 111
Schedule 7
Clauses 112 to 119
Schedules 8 and 9
Clauses 120 to 123;

the motion was agreed to.

10.Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill— It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, on behalf of the Baroness Hollis of Heigham, that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:
Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clauses 2 to 6
Schedule 2
Clauses 7 to 15
Clauses 83 and 84
Schedule 8
Clauses 16 to 26
Schedule 3
Clauses 27 to 31
Schedule 4
Clauses 32 to 56
Schedule 5
Clauses 57 to 68
Schedule 6
Clause 69
Schedule 7
Clauses 70 to 82
Clauses 85 and 86
Schedule 9
Clauses 87 and 88;

the motion was agreed to.

11.Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
12.European Convergence Criteria—It 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 Majesty’s Government’s assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000–01 and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000–01; the motion was agreed to.
13.Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL]—The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to.
14. Electronic Communications Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.

15.Royal Assent—The Lord Speaker (Baroness Nicol) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:
Armed Forces Discipline Act

The House was adjourned at twenty-nine minutes before three o’clock
to Monday 5th June next, half-past two o’clock.