HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 26° Julii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Manchester.
1. Cantwell (Respondent) v. Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (Appellants) (Scotland)The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 11th September next or to the third sitting day after the next ensuing meeting of the House (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
2. Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland (Respondents) v. Bennett and another (A.P.) (Appellant)The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
3. Regina v. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Respondents) ex parte Astonquest Limited (Appellants)It was ordered that the appeal be dismissed in accordance with Standing Order V, the appellant having failed to give security for costs by 25th July.
4. Appeal CommitteeThe 66th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made
Hurst (Appellant) v. Bryk and others (Respondents)That the petition of the appellant, praying that the cause be reconsidered, be dismissed.
5. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. DevolutionMemorandum of Understanding and supplementary agreements between the United Kingdom Government, Scottish Ministers, the Cabinet of the National Assembly of Wales and the Northern Ireland Executive Committee; (4806)
2. Science and TechnologyExcellence and Opportunity: A Science and Innovation Policy for the 21st Century: Government proposals; (4814)
3. Commercial DebtExchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Zambia concerning Certain Commercial Debts; (4811)
4. Standards in Public LifeGovernment Response to the 6th Report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life. (4817)
6. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Amendment of Section 10) Order 2000.
7. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (1988)
(ii) Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (1987)
laid under the Employment Tribunals Act 1996;
2. Public Contracts (Works, Services and Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. (2009)
3. Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2000, laid under the Mental Health Act 1983. (2025)
8. 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 Post Office Users Council for Wales, laid under the Post Office Act 1969;
2. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the General Lighthouse Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995;
3. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the London Pensions Fund Authority, laid under the Local Government Act 1985;
4. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the
(i) Scottish Agricultural Science Agency;
(ii) Scottish Public Pensions Agency;
(iii) Royal Air Force Signals Engineering Establishment;
(iv) Queen Victoria School;
(v) United Kingdom Debt Management Office;
together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;
5. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Scottish Prison Service, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989;
for 1999-2000 of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1989;
7. Report for 1999-2000 of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, laid under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1989;
8. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the
(i) Registers of Scotland;
(ii) United Kingdom Hydrographic Office;
together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;
Select Committee Report
9. Statutory InstrumentsThe First Special Report of the Joint Committee was ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 103)
10. Child Support, Pensions and Social Security BillThe Commons reasons were considered; the Lords amendments were not insisted on.
11. Government Resources and Accounts BillThe Commons amendments and reasons were considered; certain Lords amendments were not insisted on; a motion to disagree with certain Commons amendments in lieu and to insist on a Lords amendment was disagreed to (see division list 1) and the Commons amendments in lieu were then agreed to.
12. Football (Disorder) BillAfter debate, the bill was read a third time; amendments were agreed to; then, after debate, the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
13. Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No.2) BillA bill to make provision for determining the mode of trial in the case of offences triable either summarily or on indictment; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 114)
14. Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No.2) BillIt was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 114-EN)
15. Learning and Skills Bill [HL]The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments to certain Commons amendments agreed to.
16. Local Government Bill [HL]The bill was returned from the Commons with the amendments in lieu of the words left out of the bill agreed to; with certain Commons amendments to which the Lords had disagreed not insisted upon; with amendments to other Commons amendments agreed to; and with a consequential amendment to the bill agreed to.
17. Insolvency Bill [HL]The bill was read a third time; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); amendments were agreed to; then the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.
18. Transport BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee (on re-commitment) upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 113)
The House was adjourned at ten minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, ten oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.