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Die Martis 8° Februarii 2000

The House met at half-past two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lichfield.

1. Life Peerages (Appointments Commission)—The Queen’s answer to the Address of 14th December last was delivered by the Captain of the Gentleman-at-Arms (Lord Carter) and read, as follows:

    I have received your Address and, relying on the wisdom of my Parliament, I desire that my prerogative, insofar as it relates to the selection of names for life peerages, should not stand in the way of the consideration by Parliament during the present session of any measure providing for the establishment of a commission to make proposals for the conferment of life peerages under the Life Peerages Act 1958.

Judicial Business

2. Regina v. Leeds Crown Court (Respondents) ex parte Stubley (A.P.) (Petitioner)—Upon application by the petitioner (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that the costs of the petitioner be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1988.


3. Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Greater London Authority Elections Rules 2000, laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983;      (208)

    2. Data Protection Tribunal (National Security Appeals) Rules 2000, laid under the Data Protection Act 1998;      (206)

    3. National Health Service (Functions of Health Authorities and Administration Arrangements) Amendment Regulations 2000, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;      (267)

    4. (i)      Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Charges) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000—      (224)

      (ii) Meat (Enhanced Enforcement Powers) (England) Regulations 2000—      (225)

    laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

    5. Gas Act 1995 (Standards of Performance) (Extension of Period) Order 2000, laid under the Gas Act 1995;      (245)

    6. (i)      Competition Act 1998 (Notification of Excluded Agreements and Appealable Decisions) Regulations 2000—      (263)

      (ii) Competition Act 1998 (Concurrency) Regulations 2000—      (260)

      (iii) Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal Rules 2000—      (261)

      (iv) Competition Act 1998 (Small Agreements and Conduct of Minor Significance) Regulations 2000—      (262)

    laid under the Competition Act 1998.

4. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Report for 1998-99 of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools, laid under the School Inspections Act 1996;

    2. Regulations for the Royal Air Force Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force—Amendment List 6, laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917.

Select Committee Report

5. Statutory Instruments—The 9th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000;

      Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000;

      Draft Greater London Authority (Disqualification) Order 2000;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 28)

Public Business

6. Representation of the People Bill—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Representation of the People Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 8

Schedules 1 to 3

Clauses 9 to 12

Schedule 4

Clauses 13 to 16

Schedules 5 and 6;

    the motion was agreed to

7. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Eriskay Causeway) Order Confirmation Bill—The bill was considered on report.

8. Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 1); the question that a clause stand part of the bill was agreed to (see division list 2); the House was resumed.

9. Latin America trade—The Baroness Hooper asked Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for promoting trade with Latin America in the light of the review by British Trade International; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.

10. Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 3); amendments were agreed to; on question whether clause 11 stand part, fewer than 30 Lords having voted (see division list 4) the question was declared not decided and the House was resumed pursuant to Standing Order 57.

11. Northern Ireland Bill—A bill to make provision for the suspension of devolved government in Northern Ireland and the exercise of certain functions conferred by or under Part V of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 31)

12. Northern Ireland Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 31-EN)

The House was adjourned at five minutes past midnight

in the morning of Wednesday 9th February

till later the same day, half-past two o’clock in the afternoon.


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