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Die Jovis 25° Maii 2000

The House met at eleven o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

1. Hereditary Peers—The Clerk of the Parliaments notified the House that in accordance with Standing Order 9 he had issued a certificate to the Clerk of the Crown that the Lord Cobbold is entitled to a Writ of Summons to Parliament in the place of the Baroness Wharton deceased.

Judicial Business

2. Perceval-Price and others (Respondents) v. Department of Economic Development (Petitioners) and others and others (Petitioners) and others (Northern Ireland)—The petition of the Department of Economic Development, Her Majesty’s Attorney General for Northern Ireland and the Department of Health and Social Services praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 11th May).


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

    1. Metropolitan Police—Metropolitan Police Fund Account 1997-98;      (4734)

    2. Waste—

      (i) Waste Strategy for England and Wales Part 1—      (4693-1)

      (ii) Waste Strategy for England and Wales Part 2.      (4693-2)

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

    1. Stakeholder Pension Schemes Regulations 2000, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993;      (1403)

    2. (i)      Virgin Islands (Constitution) (Amendment) Order 2000—      (1343)

      (ii) Montserrat Constitution (Amendment) Order 2000—      (1339)

    laid under the West Indies Act 1962;

    3. (i)      Pitcairn (Amendment) Order 2000—      (1340)

      (ii) Pitcairn Court of Appeal Order 2000—      (1341)

    laid under the British Settlements Act 1887;

    4. Statute made by the University of Oxford on 20th January 2000 amending the Statutes of the University, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923;      (—)

    5. (i)      Income Support (General) (Standard Interest Rate Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000—      (1402)

      (ii) Social Security (Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2000—      (1401)

    laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;

    6. Home-Grown Cereals Authority (Rate of Levy) Order 2000, laid under the Cereals Marketing Act 1965;      (1404)

    7. Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000, laid under the Scotland Act 1998.      (—)

5. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Remit for the Monetary Policy Committee, laid under the Bank of England Act 1998;

    2. United Nations (International Tribunals) (Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda) (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the United Nations Act 1946.      (1342)

Private Business

6. Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]—The Examiner’s certificate that the further Standing Orders had been complied with was ordered to lie on the Table and the bill was committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee.

Public Business

7. Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) Bill [HL]—A bill to make provision about fees for television licences in residential care accommodation was presented by the Baroness Anelay of St Johns, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 77)

8. Postal Services Bill—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, on behalf of the Lord Sainsbury of Turville, that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Postal Services Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clause 2

Schedule 2

Clauses 3 to 62

Schedule 3

Clauses 63 to 81

Schedule 4

Clauses 82 to 94

Schedules 5 and 6

Clauses 95 to 111

Schedule 7

Clauses 112 to 119

Schedules 8 and 9

Clauses 120 to 123;

    the motion was agreed to.

9. Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill— It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, on behalf of the Baroness Hollis of Heigham, that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 to 6

Schedule 2

Clauses 7 to 15

Clauses 83 and 84

Schedule 8

Clauses 16 to 26

Schedule 3

Clauses 27 to 31

Schedule 4

Clauses 32 to 56

Schedule 5

Clauses 57 to 68

Schedule 6

Clause 69

Schedule 7

Clauses 70 to 82

Clauses 85 and 86

Schedule 9

Clauses 87 and 88;

    the motion was agreed to.

10. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton 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.

11. European Convergence Criteria—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that this House approves, for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, Her Majesty’s Government’s assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000-01 and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000-01; the motion was agreed to.

12. Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL]—The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to.

13. Electronic Communications Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

14. Royal Assent—The Lord Speaker (Baroness Nicol) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

Armed Forces Discipline Actc.4
Nuclear Safeguards Actc.5
Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Actc.6
Electronic Communications Actc.7

The House was adjourned at twenty-nine minutes before three o’clock

to Monday 5th June next, half-past two o’clock.


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