HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Jovis 2° Decembris 1999
The House met at three oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lichfield.
1. Lee (Petitioner) v. Senior Psychiatrist (Respondent)The petition of Peter Lee praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 13th August).
2. Gallagher (Petitioner) v. Berrow Wood School Limited and others (Respondents)The petition of Michael Richard Gallagher praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 3rd November).
3. McGrath (Respondent) v. Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and another (Petitioners) (Northern Ireland)The petition of the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Chief Constable of the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 25th November).
4. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. ArchivesGovernment Policy on Archives; (4516)
2. Local GovernmentGovernment Response to the Report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Local Government (Organisation and Standards) Bill, Session 1998-99; (4529)
3. Thames Safety InquiryVolumes 1-3 of the Interim Report by Lord Justice Clarke on Thames Safety. (4530)
5. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Legal Aid in Civil Proceedings (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Legal Aid Act 1988; (3098)
2. Education (Education Standards Etc. Grants) (England) Regulations 1999 (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 1999, laid under the Education Act 1996; (3211)
3. Personal and Occupational Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1999, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993. (3198)
6. 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 Home-Grown Cereals Authority, laid under the Cereals Marketing Act 1965.
7. Journals of the HouseThe Clerk of the Parliaments laid on the Table a print of the General Index to ten volumes of the Journals of the House (Sessions 1983-84 to 1992-93 inclusive).
Select Committee Reports
8. Committee of SelectionThe 2nd Report from the Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 8)
9. House of Lords OfficesThe First Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 9)
10. Care Standards Bill [HL]A bill to establish a National Care Standards Commission; to make provision for the registration and regulation of childrens homes, independent hospitals, independent clinics, care homes, residential family centres, domiciliary care agencies, fostering agencies and voluntary adoption agencies; to make provision for the regulation and inspection of local authority fostering and adoption services; to establish a General Social Care Council and a Care Council for Wales and make provision for the registration, regulation and training of social care workers; to make provision for the registration, regulation and training of those providing child minding or day care; to make provision for the protection of children and vulnerable adults; to amend the law about children looked after in schools and colleges; to repeal the Nurses Agencies Act 1957; and for connected purposes was presented by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 11)
11. Care Standards Bill [HL]It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 11-EN)
12. Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]A bill to extend further the application of the Race Relations Act 1976 to the police and other public authorities; to amend the exemption under that Act for acts done for the purpose of safeguarding national security; and for connected purposes was presented by the Lord Bassam of Brighton, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 12)
13. Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 12-EN)
14. Succession to the Crown (Amendment)It was moved by the Lord Forsyth of Drumlean that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to allow that Her undoubted Prerogative and interest may not stand in the way of the consideration by Parliament during the present Session of any measure to remove the bar on a person who is not, or who is married to a person who is not, a protestant to succeed to the Crown, and for connected purposes; after debate, the motion was disagreed to (see division list).
15. Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [HL]It was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn 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 ten minutes before ten oclock
to Monday next, half-past two oclock.