HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 9° Februarii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lichfield.
1. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. CommunicationsAmendments to the Agreement and the Operating Agreement relating to the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT); (4572)
2. Investment ProtectionExchange of Notes extending the Agreement between the United Kingdom and Panama for the Promotion and Protection of Investments; (4590)
3. FinanceTreasury Minute on the 41st Report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on the PRIME Project: The Transfer of the Department of Social Security Estate to the Private Sector. (4593)
2. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Consumer Credit (Credit Reference Agency) Regulations 2000, laid under the Data Protection Act 1998; (290)
2. Competition Act 1998 (Directors rules) Order 2000, laid under the Competition Act 1998; (293)
3. Consumer Credit (Conduct of Business) (Credit References) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Consumer Credit Act 1974; (291)
4. Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Education Act 1996; (297)
5. (i) North West Shropshire Education Action Zone Order 2000 (295)
(ii) South of England Virtual Education Action Zone Order 2000 (296)
(iii) Education (Exclusion from School) (Prescribed Periods) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000 (294)
laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;
6. Medicines for Human Use (Marketing Authorisations Etc.) Amendment Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (292)
7. Enduring Powers of Attorney (Welsh Language Prescribed Form) Regulations 2000, laid under the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act 1985; (289)
8. Special Commissioners (Jurisdiction and Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Taxes Management Act 1970; (288)
9. (i) Contaminated Land (England) Regulations 2000 (227)
(ii) Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes Order 2000 (207)
laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
3. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Accounts for 1998-99 of the Forestry Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Forestry Act 1967.
Select Committee Reports
4. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
4th Report, on the following bills:
Representation of the People Bill;
Deafblind Persons Bill [HL];
Copyright and Trade Marks Bill [HL];
Cheques (Scotland) Bill [HL]; (HL Paper 29)
5th Report, on the Electronic Communications Bill, with the minutes of evidence. (HL Paper 30)
5. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with today to allow the second reading of the Northern Ireland Bill to be taken before the motion on employment standing in the name of the Lord Lea of Crondall; and that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with tomorrow to allow the Northern Ireland Bill to be taken through its remaining stages that day; the motion was agreed to.
6. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Lea of Crondall set down for today shall be limited to 3½ hours; the motion was agreed to.
7. European Union CommitteeIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Baroness Stern be appointed a member of the Select Committee; the motion was agreed to.
8. Northern Ireland BillThe Queens Consent was signified; then it was moved by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton 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.
9. Employment (3½-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Lea of Crondall that there be laid before the House papers relating to changes in employment patterns in the United Kingdom; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
10. Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2000
11. Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2000It was moved by the Lord Bach that the draft Orders laid before the House on 16th December be approved en bloc; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
12. Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000It was moved by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville that the draft Order laid before the House on 16th December be approved; the motion was agreed to.
13. Competition Act 1998 (Determination of Turnover for Penalties) Order 2000
14. Competition Act 1998 (Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion) Order 2000It was moved by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville that the draft Orders laid before the House on 19th January be approved en bloc; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at twenty-two minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.