House of Lords Journal 233 (Session 1999-00)

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Friday 28 July 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.
Acton, L.
Addington, L.
Ahmed, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alli, L.
Amos, B.
Ampthill, L.
Andrews, B.
Anelay of St Johns, B.
Ashton of Upholland, B.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Bach, L.

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Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Biffen, L.
Birt, L.
Blease, L.
Borrie, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Bowness, L.
Bramall, L.
Brett, L.
Brigstocke, B.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Bruce of Donington, L.
Burnham, L.
Burns, L.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Croy, L.
Carter, L.
Chalfont, L.
Christopher, L.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Cockfield, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Colwyn, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Craig of Radley, L.
Cranborne, V.
Crickhowell, L.
Davies of Coity, L.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon, L.
Donaldson of Lymington, L.
Donoughue, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Eames, L.
Eatwell, L.
Elder, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Watford, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Falkland, V.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Faulkner of Worcester, L.
Ferrers, E.
Filkin, L.
Fitt, L.
Freyberg, L.
Gale, B.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Geraint, L.
Gilbert, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Glenarthur, L.
Goschen, V.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Grabiner, L.
Greengross, B.
Greenway, L.
Grenfell, L.
Hamwee, B.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of Richmond, B.
Harrison, L.
Haskel, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Higgins, L.
Hooper, B.
Hooson, L.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Jacobs, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Judd, L.
Kingsland, L.
Laird, L.
Lamont of Lerwick, L.
Lea of Crondall, L.
Lipsey, L.
Longford, E.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
MacKenzie of Culkein, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Manchester, Bp.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Methuen, L.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Mishcon, L.
Molloy, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monson, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Moynihan, L.
Murton of Lindisfarne, L.
Naseby, L.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Northbrook, L.
Northesk, E.
Norton of Louth, L.
O’Cathain, B.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Peston, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.
Puttnam, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Razzall, L.
Redesdale, L.
Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, L.
Rennard, L.
Renton, L.
Richard, L.
Richardson of Calow, B.
Rogan, L.
Rogers of Riverside, L.
Roper, L.
Saatchi, L.
St. John of Bletso, L.
Saltoun of Abernethy, Ly.
Sawyer, L.
Scott of Needham Market, B.
Seccombe, B.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Glaisdale, L.
Slim, V.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Smith of Leigh, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Swinfen, L.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Tomlinson, L.
Tordoff, L.
Uddin, B.
Vivian, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walmsley, B.
Warner, L.
Warnock, B.
Waverley, V.
Weatherill, L.
Wedderburn of Charlton, L.
Whitaker, B.
Whitty, L.
Wigoder, L.
Wilberforce, L.
Wilkins, B.
Woolmer of Leeds, L.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Manchester.


1.Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Finance—Spending Review for 2000: Public Service Agreements for 2001–2004;


2.Freemasonry—Government Reply to the 2nd Report from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on Freemasonry in Public Life;

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3.Police—Report for 1999–2000 of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner.
2.Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000.

3.Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Social Security (Therapeutic Earnings Limits) Amendments Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;
2.Assisted Areas Order, laid under the Industrial Development Act 1982;
3.Wireless Telegraphy (Broadband Fixed Wireless Access Licences) Regulations 2000, laid under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998;
4.Statement of Change in Immigration Rules, laid under the Immigration Act 1971.
4.Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1.Report and Accounts for 1999–2000 of—
(i)the Office for National Statistics;
(ii)Food From Britain;
 together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
2.Account for 1999–2000 of the Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985;
3.Report and Accounts for 1999–2000 of the Gaelic Broadcasting Committee, laid under the Broadcasting Act 1996;
4.Report for 1999–2000 of the Rail Regulator, laid under the Railways Act 1993;
5.Report for 1999–2000 of the Disability Rights Commission, laid under the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999.

Select Committee Report

5.House of Lords’ Annual Report and Accounts—It was ordered that the Report and Accounts for the year 1999–2000, as authorised by the House of Lords’ Offices Committee, be printed. (HL Paper 104)

Public Business

6.Finance Bill—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the Committee was negatived; then, Standing Order 46 having been dispensed with, the bill was read a third time and passed.
7.Postal Services Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.
8.Utilities Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.
9.Disqualifications Bill—The adjourned debate on the motion that the bill be now read a second time was resumed; the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
10.Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure—It was moved by the Lord Bishop of Manchester that this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent; the motion was agreed to.

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

11.Royal Assent—The Lord Speaker (Lord Strabolgi) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts and Measure:
Finance Actc. 17
Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Actc. 18
Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Actc. 19
Government Resources and Accounts Actc. 20
Learning and Skills Actc. 21
Local Government Actc. 22
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Actc. 23
Census (Amendment) Actc. 24

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Football (Disorder) Actc. 25
Postal Services Actc. 26
Utilities Actc. 27
Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) MeasureNo. 1

The House was adjourned at two minutes past two o’clock
to Wednesday 27th September, half-past two o’clock.