HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 3° Julii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
1. Attorney Generals Reference No. 3 of 1999The point of law referred to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) by the Attorney General was laid before the House pursuant to section 36 (3) of the Criminal Justice Act 1972 and was referred to an Appellate Committee.
2. Regina v. Department of Health (Petitioners) ex parte Source Informatics Limited (Respondents) and othersUpon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn; and that the petitioners do pay to the respondents their costs in this House, the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe 57th 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
Hirst (Petitioner) v. Etherington (Respondent) and anotherThat leave to appeal be refused; and that the petitioner do pay to the respondent 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. Sinclair Collis Limited (Petitioners)That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 17th July next.
4. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Patents Regulations 2000;
2. Draft Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Product Liability) (Modification) Order 2000.
5. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Borough of Reading) Order 2000, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991; (1719)
2. Superannuation (Admission to Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972) (No. 2) Order 2000 laid under the Superannuation Act 1972. (1728)
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 1999-2000 of East of Scotland Water, laid under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994.
Select Committee Report
7. Procedure of the HouseThe 3rd Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 85)
8. Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL)It was moved by the Chairman of Committees, on behalf of the Committee of Selection, that the Lord Morris of Castle Morris be appointed a member of the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL); the motion was agreed to.
9. Criminal Justice and Court Services BillIt 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.
10. Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) BillThe House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed and the bill was reported without amendment.
11. Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) Bill [HL]The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with an amendment; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 98)
12. United Nations peacekeeping operationsThe Lord Avebury asked Her Majestys Government what lessons can be drawn from the reports to the United Nations on UN operations in Srebrenica and Rwanda; the question was answered by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal.
The House was adjourned at twelve minutes before nine oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.