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Minutes and Order Paper - Minutes of Proceedings




Die Martis 31° Octobris 2000

The House met at half-past two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Oxford.

Judicial Business

1. On Demand Information plc (in administrative receivership) and others (Petitioners) v. Michael Gerson (Finance) plc and others (Respondents)—The petition of On Demand Information plc and On Demand Information International plc praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

2. Appeal Committee—The 71st Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Regina v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue (Appellants) ex parte Newfields Developments Limited (Respondents)—That the petition of Saracens Securities Limited that they might intervene in the said appeal be refused.


3. Instrument revoked—The following instrument, laid before the House on 24th October, was revoked on 30th October:

    Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2000.

4. Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Judicial Statistics—Report by the Lord Chancellor’s Department for 1999-2000 on Judicial Appointments;      (4783)

    2. Gibraltar—Response by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the 9th Report of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Gibraltar: Follow-up;      (4892)

    3. Foreign Affairs—Government Response to the 2nd Report of the House of Commons Procedure Committee on the Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties.      (—)

5. Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Education (Student Support) Regulations 2000 (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2000, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998;      (2912)

    2. Court Funds (Amendment) Rules 2000, laid under the Administration of Justice Act 1982;      (2918)

    3. Broadcasting (Limit in relation to Provision of Digital Programme Services) Order 2000, laid under the Broadcasting Act 1990.      (2913)

6. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Report by the Department of Trade and Industry on Companies in 1999-2000, laid under the Companies Act 1985;

    2. Report by the Auditor General for Scotland on the 1999-2000 Audit of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, laid under the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000;

    3. (i)      Report—

      (ii) Accounts—

    for 1999-2000 of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Environment Act 1995.

Select Committee Reports

7. Statutory Instruments—The 29th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme (No. 2) 2000;

      Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000;

      Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 2000;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 112)

8. Procedure of the House—The 4th Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 113)

Public Business

9. Freedom of Information Bill—It was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Lord Falconer of Thoroton, that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 3

Schedule 1

Clauses 4 to 17

Schedule 2

Clauses 18 to 54

Schedule 3

Clauses 55 to 60

Schedule 4

Clauses 61 to 66

Schedule 5

Clauses 67 to 72

Schedule 6

Clauses 73 to 75

Schedule 7

Clauses 76 to 85

Schedule 8

Clauses 86 and 87;

    the motion was agreed to.

10. Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]—The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with amendments and with a privilege amendment; it was ordered that the Commons amendments be printed. (HL Bill 121)

11. Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—The report was received; amendments were agreed to (see division lists 1 to 6); further amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further consideration on report was adjourned.

12. Third Way policies—The Lord Patten asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assess their progress to date in the development of policies which are specifically designed to embody the Third Way; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

13. Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 122)

The House was adjourned at eight minutes past midnight

in the morning of Wednesday 1st November

till later the same day, half-past two o’clock in the afternoon.


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