HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 1° Martii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.
1. Greater London Authority Elections Rules 2000The Queens answer to the Address of 22nd February last was delivered by the Captain of the Gentlemen at Arms (Lord Carter) and read, as follows:
I have received your Address praying that the Greater London Authority Elections Rules 2000, laid before the House on 8th February, be annulled.
I will comply with your request.
2. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Road SafetyGovernment Response to the 19th Report of the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, Session 1998-99, on Young and Newly-Qualified Drivers: Standards and Training; (4631)
2. LawReport of the Law Commission and Law Commission of Scotland on the Consolidation of Legislation Relating to Sentencing: Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill; (4626)
3. Investment ProtectionAgreements between the United Kingdom and:
for the Promotion and Protection of Investments.
3. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Social Security (Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2000;
2. Draft Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000;
3. Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000;
4. Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to Social Security) Order 2000.
4. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Merchant Shipping (Safe Manning, Hours of Work and Watchkeeping) (Amendment) Regulations 2000; (484)
(ii) Merchant Shipping (Vessels in Commercial Use for Sport or Pleasure) (Amendment) Regulations 2000; (482)
laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995;
2. Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Oil Pollution) Order 1983; (483)
3. Community Legal Service (Financial) Regulations 2000, laid under the Access to Justice Act 1999; (516)
4. National Health Service (Professions Supplementary to Medicine) Amendment Regulations 2000, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977. (523)
5. Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL]A bill to consolidate certain enactments relating to the powers of courts to deal with offenders and defaulters and to the treatment of such persons, with amendments to give effect to recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission was presented by the Lord Chancellor, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 41)
6. Government Resources and Accounts BillA bill to make provision about government resources and accounts; to provide for financial assistance for a body established to participate in public-private partnerships; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 42)
7. Government Resources and Accounts BillIt was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 42-EN)
8. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Elton set down for today shall be limited to 3½ hours and that in the name of the Lord Walker of Worcester to 1½ hours; the motion was agreed to.
9. Electronic Communications BillIt was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, on behalf of the Lord Sainsbury of Turville, that the order of commitment of 22nd February be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee; the motion was agreed to.
10. Asylum seekers (3½-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Elton that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for policies towards asylum seekers that are both effective and humane; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
11. Hospice movement (1½-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Walker of Worcester that there be laid before the House papers relating to the hospice movement and its role and contribution to the health service; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
12. Sport in schoolsThe Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge asked Her Majestys Government what they consider to be the role of sport in schools; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.
The House was adjourned at nine minutes past nine oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.