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Die Mercurii 16° Februarii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of St Albans.

1. Lord Patel of Blackburn—Adam Hafejee Patel Esquire, having been created Baron Patel of Blackburn, of Langho in the County of Lancashire, for life by Letters Patent dated 14th February 2000, was introduced between the Lord Taylor of Blackburn and the Baroness Castle of Blackburn, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

2. Optident Limited and another (Appellants) v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and another (Respondents) (England)—The appeal of Optident Limited and Ultradent Products Inc was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 29th March next.

3. Appeal Committee—The 22nd Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Regina v. Smith (Respondent) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—That the petition of Harriet Wistrich, Pragna Patel and Liberty that they might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal be allowed to the extent that they may have leave to lodge written argument only.


4. Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. European Community—Interregional Framework Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Southern Common Market and its Party States, of the other part; with Exchange of Letters;      (4583)

    2. Diego Garcia—Exchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and the United States of America concerning the construction of a Monitoring Facility on Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory (British Indian Ocean Territory Agreement 1999).      (4582)

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

    1. Phoenix College (Dissolution) Order 2000, laid under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992;      (354)

    2. North Riding College Higher Education Corporation (Dissolution) Order 2000, laid under the Education Reform Act 1988;      (355)

    3. Crime and Disorder Strategies (Prescribed Descriptions) (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998;      (300)

    4. (i)      Judicial Committee (Osteopaths Rules) Order 2000—      (251)

      (ii) General Osteopathic Council (Health Committee) (Appeals) Rules Order of Council 2000—      (243)

    laid under the Osteopaths Act 1993;

    (ii) Transfer of Functions (Minister for the Civil Service and Treasury) Order 2000, laid under the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975.      (250)

6. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Naval, Military and Air Forces Etc. (Disablement and Death) Service Pensions Amendment Order 2000, laid under the Social Security (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1977.      (252)

Select Committee Reports

7. Delegated Powers and Deregulation—The following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

    6th Report, on the following bills:

      Insolvency Bill [HL];

      Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) Bill [HL]; (HL Paper 35)

    7th Report, on the Financial Services and Markets Bill. (HL Paper 36)

Private Business

8. Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill—The bill was reported from the Unopposed Bill Committee without amendment.

Public Business

9. Business of the House—It was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debate on the motion in the name of the Earl Russell set down for today shall be limited to 5 hours; the motion was agreed to.

10. Liaison Committee—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 27) be agreed to; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

11. Poverty and social exclusion (5-hour debate)—It was moved by the Earl Russell that there be laid before the House papers relating to the Rowntree Report on poverty and social exclusion, and to measures needed to reduce them; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

12. Census Order 2000—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the particulars in italics in Schedules 2 and 3 to the draft Order laid before the House on 10th January, and the provisions of Article 6 of the draft Order in so far as they relate to those particulars, be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

13. Wandsworth Prison—The Earl of Longford asked Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take on the report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons on Wandsworth Prison; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Bassam of Brighton.

The House was adjourned at eleven minutes before ten o’clock

till tomorrow, ten o’clock for judicial business,

three o’clock for public business.


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