HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 12° Aprilis 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester.
1. Aneco Reinsurance Underwriting Limited (in liquidation) (a body incorporated under the laws of Bermuda) (Respondents) v. Johnson & Higgins Limited (Appellants) (England)The appeal of Johnson & Higgins Limited was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 24th May next.
2. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Altun (A.P.) (Petitioner)The petition of Abidin Altun praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
3. Lubbe (suing as administrator of the estate of Rachel Jacoba Lubbe) and others (Appellants) v. Cape plc (Respondents) and 10 other actions
4. Lubbe and others (Respondents) v. Cape Industries plc (Appellants)
The petition of the Republic of South Africa praying for leave to intervene in writing in the said appeal (the agents for Lubbe and others consenting and the agents for Cape plc not consenting thereto) was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
5. Regina v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Respondent) ex parte Mercury Personal Communications Limited and others and others (Petitioners)Upon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.
6. Regina v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Respondent) ex parte Mercury Personal Communications Limited and others (Petitioners) and othersUpon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.
7. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Intellectual Property RightsAmendment to Article 9(3) of the Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization, together with an explanatory memorandum; (4669)
2. Capital PunishmentSecond Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the Death Penalty; (4676)
3. Nuclear EnergyJoint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, together with an explanatory memorandum; (4672)
4. AgricultureDepartmental Report for 2000 and the Governments Expenditure Plans 2000-01 to 2001-02 for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Intervention Board and the Forestry Commission. (4612)
8. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Development Commission (Dissolution) Order 2000.
9. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the British Potato Industry, laid under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947.
Select Committee Report
10. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
12th Report, on the following bills:
Financial Services and Markets BillGovernment amendments for Report stage. (HL Paper 57)
11. Financial Services and Markets BillIt was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:
Clauses 2 to 20
Clauses 21 to 29
Schedule 3 and 4
Clauses 30 to 34
Clauses 35 to 39
Clauses 40 to 72
Schedules 7 and 8
Clauses 73 to 86
Clauses 87 and 88
Clauses 89 to 101
Clauses 102 to 109
Clauses 110 to 129
Clauses 130 to 158
Clauses 159 to 161
Clauses 162 to 199
Clauses 200 to 221
Clauses 222 to 329
Clauses 330 to 421
Schedules 19 to 21
the motion was agreed to.
12. Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (3-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Harrison that there be laid before the House papers relating to the steps being taken by Her Majestys Government and the European Commission to promote Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the United Kingdom and the European Union; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
13. NHS: disability equipment (2-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Ashley of Stoke that there be laid before the House papers relating to the recent Audit Commission Report on the provision by the National Health Service of specialist disability equipment; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
14. Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners Bill [HL]It was moved by the Baroness Knight of Collingtree 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.
The House was adjourned at sixteen minutes before nine oclock
till tomorrow, three oclock.