HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 25° Julii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Manchester.
1. Her Majesty The Queen MotherThe Queens Answer to the Address of Thursday 13th July last was reported by the Captain of the Gentlemen at Arms (Lord Carter) as follows:
I have received your Address concerning the one hundredth birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
It gives me great pleasure to convey to Queen Elizabeth the loyal and affectionate sentiments you express on behalf of my Lords, the British people and the Commonwealth on the occasion of Her birthday.
2. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
(i) Mission and Status Review for 1999-2000 of the Export Credits Guarantee Department; (4790)
(ii) Economic Rationale for the Public Provision of Export Credit Insurance by the Export Credit Guarantee Department; (4791)
(iii) Risk Management Review for HM Treasury and the Export Credits Guarantee Department by KPMG; (4792)
(iv) A Report on the Provision of the Export Credit Guarantee Departments Reinsurance for Exports Sold on Short Terms of Payment; (4793)
2. Hong KongSix-monthly Report on Hong Kong, January-June 2000; (4809)
3. Committee of Public AccountsNorthern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel Memorandum on the 18th Report from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 1999-2000. (4822)
3. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Charities (The Rochester Bridge Trust) Order 2000, laid under the Charities Act 1993; ()
2. Disability Rights Commission (Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2000, laid under the Disability Rights Commission Act 1999. (1888)
4. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the
(i) Information Technology Services Agency;
(ii) War Pensions Agency;
(iv) Child Support Agency;
(v) Ministry of Defence Police Chief Constable;
(vi) Defence Vetting Agency;
(vii) Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science;
(viii) Veterinary Laboratories Agency;
(ix) Meat Hygiene Service;
(x) Vehicle Certification Agency;
(xi) Scottish Court Service;
(xii) Royal Parks Agency;
together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
2. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the
(i) Forensic Science Service;
(iii) Vehicle Inspectorate
together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;
3. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 1998;
4. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the National Lottery Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery Etc. Act 1993;
5. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Sports Council for Wales Lottery Distribution, together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery Act 1998;
6. Report for 1999-2000 of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority, laid under the Railways Act 1993;
7. Report for 1999-2000 of the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, laid under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997;
8. Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965;
9. Accounts for 1998-1999 of the Commission for Racial Equality, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Race Relations Act 1976;
10. Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Teacher Training Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Education Act 1996;
11. Report and Accounts 1999-2000 of the English Partnerships, laid under the New Towns Act 1981;
12. Annual Report and Accounts 1999-2000 of the Scottish Enterprise Network, laid under the Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Act 1990;
13. Annual Report 1998-1999 of the Scottish Law Commission, laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965;
14. Report for 1999-2000 of the Public Works Loan Board, laid under the Public Works Loans Act 1875;
15. Report for 1999-2000 of the Post Office Users National Council, laid under the Post Office Act 1969.
Select Committee Reports
5. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe 27th Report from the Select Committee was made on the following bills:
Police (Northern Ireland) Bill;
Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill;
Countryside and Rights of Way BillFurther Government amendments for Committee stage and Government Response to the Committees 24th report;
Government Resources and Accounts BillConsideration of Commons Amendments to the Lords Amendments;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 100)
6. Statutory InstrumentsThe 27th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 99)
7. European UnionThe following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
e-Commerce: Policy Development and Co-ordination in the EU; (14th Report-HL Paper 95)
The Common European Policy on Security and Defence; (15th Report-HL Paper 101)
Public Access to EU Documents. (16th Report-HL Paper 102)
8. Child Support, Pensions and Social Security BillThe bill was returned from the Commons with certain amendments disagreed to with reasons for such disagreement and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the reasons were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 110)
9. Government Resources and Accounts BillThe bill was returned from the Commons with certain amendments disagreed to with reasons for such disagreement, with an amendment disagreed to but with amendments proposed in lieu thereof, and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the Commons amendments and reasons were ordered to be printed. (HL 111)
10. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with today to allow the Football (Disorder) Bill to be taken through its remaining stages, and again on Friday next to allow the Finance Bill to be taken through its remaining stages that day; then it was moved by the Lord Marlesford, as an amendment thereto, to leave out today to allow the Football (Disorder) Bill to be taken through its remaining stages, and again; after debate, the amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); then the original motion as amended was agreed to.
11. Statutory InstrumentsIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Lord Lea of Crondall be appointed a member of the Joint Committee in the place of the Lord Walker of Doncaster; the motion was agreed to.
12. Football (Disorder) BillThe report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); amendments were agreed to; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 3); further consideration on report was adjourned.
13. Turkey: EU membershipThe Lord Bishop of Rochester asked Her Majestys Government, in the light of Turkeys application for membership of the European Union, what they and the European Union are doing to assist Turkey in its efforts to improve its internal human rights record; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
14. Football (Disorder) BillThe bill was further considered on report; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 4 and 5); an amendment was agreed to; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 112)
The House was adjourned at twenty-two minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.