HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 29° Martii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bradford.
1. Islam and another and another (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queens Bench Division)The appeal of Taz Ashraf Miah was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.
2. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 24th Report:
Aneco Reinsurance Underwriting Limited (in liquidation) (a body incorporated under the laws of Bermuda) (Respondents) v. Johnson & Higgins Limited (Petitioners)That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 12th April next.
3. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Treaty Series4th Supplementary List of Ratifications, Accessions, Withdrawals, etc. for 1999; (4677)
2. Headquarters AgreementsExchange of Notes amending the Headquarters Agreements between the United Kingdom and
(i) the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts; (4654)
(ii) the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund; (4653)
3. Merchant ShippingExchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan terminating the Treaty on Merchant Navigation between the United Kingdom and the USSR; (4652)
4. FinanceTreasury Minutes on the 5th-7th Reports of the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts; (4688)
5. Human RightsGovernment Response to the First Report of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on the Annual Report on Human Rights of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. (4687)
4. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Disability Rights Commission (Time Limits) Regulations 2000, laid under the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999. (879)
5. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Account for 1999 of Government Annuities and Insurances, laid under the Government Annuities Act 1929;
2. 5th Edition of the Queens Regulations for the Royal Air Force, laid under the Air Force Constitution Act 1917;
3. Report of the Scottish Fee Support review, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998.
Select Committee Report
6. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
11th Report, on the following bills:
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill;
Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) Bill [HL]. (HL Paper 52)
7. Statutory Instruments (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Dean of Harptree that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for a power of delay on Statutory Instruments, as recommended by the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
8. Museums and galleries: VAT (Short debate)It was moved by the Lord Freyberg that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for extending section 33 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to include national museums and galleries which are the responsibility of central Government; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
9. Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000It was moved by the Baroness Anelay of St Johns that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 8th March, be annulled (S.I. 2000/630); after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
10. Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 1st March be approved; the motion was agreed to.
11. Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1st March be approved; the motion was agreed to.
12. Tax Credits Up-rating Order 2000It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved; the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at sixteen minutes before nine oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.