HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 2° Februarii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Carlisle.
1. Crane Co. (Petitioners) v. Wittenborg A/S (Respondents)The petition of Crane Co. praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 20th January).
2. Monsanto plc (Respondents) v. Tilly and others (Petitioners) and others and one other actionThe petition of Rowan Tilly, Jo Hamilton, Kathryn Tulip, Melanie Jarman, Zoe Elford and Andrew Wood praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 15th Report
Regina v. Secretary of State for Health and others (Respondents) ex parte Imperial Tobacco Limited and others (Petitioners)That the petition be referred for hearing.
4. Appeal CommitteeThe 19th Report was made; the Appeal Committee reported that they had met and had heard Counsel; the report was agreed to and the following Orders were made
Surzur Overseas Limited (Respondents) v. Koros and others (Petitioners)That leave to appeal be refused; and that the petitioners do pay to the respondents the costs of the petition, the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
Regina v. London Borough of Hillingdon (Petitioners) ex parte London Regional Transport (Respondents) and J.C. Decaux UK Limited (Interested Party)That leave to appeal be refused; and that the petitioners do pay to the respondents the costs of the petition, the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Respondents) v. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Petitioners)That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 16th February next.
5. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Accounts for 1998-99 of the British Library Board, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the British Library Act 1972;
2. Account for 1998-99 of the Wallace Collection, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992.
6. National Health Service (5-hour debate)It was moved by the Baroness Cumberlege that there be laid before the House papers relating to the state of the National Health Service; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
7. Defence Medical ServicesThe Baroness Cox asked Her Majestys Government whether the Defence Medical Services are able to provide appropriate health care for the armed forces now and in the event of future conflict; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Burlison.
The House was adjourned at twenty-nine minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, two oclock for judicial business,
three oclock for public business.
In the Minutes of Proceedings of 31st January the following item should have been included in item 12 (Negative Instruments) and not in item 11 (Affirmative Instruments):
Health Authorities Act 1995 (Rectification of Transitional Arrangements) Order 2000, laid under the Health Act 1999. (179)