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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 29° Aprilis 2002

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

1.  Leave of Absence—It was ordered that leave of absence be granted to the Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn for the remainder of this Parliament.

Judicial Business

2.  Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc (Respondents) v. Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Appellants) (England)—The appeal of Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Customs and Excise was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 10th June next.

3.  Brooks (Respondent) v. Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Petitioner) and others—The petition of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 26th April).

4.  Kovacs (Petitioner) v. Queen Mary & Westfield College and others (Respondents)—The petition of Iren Kovacs praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

5.  Regina v. Central Valuation Officer and another (Respondent) ex parte Edison First Power Limited (Appellants)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

6.  Lex Service plc (Appellants) v. Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Respondents)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

7.  London Borough of Harrow (Petitioners) v. Qazi (FC) (Respondent)—The respondent’s certificate of public funding was lodged.

8.  Appeal Committee—The 79th 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—

    Tyagi (Petitioner) v. BBC World Service (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be refused; and that the petitioner 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.

    Reliance Water Controls Limited (Respondents) v. Altecnic Limited (Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the Respondents be given leave to cross-appeal; and that the petitions of appeal and cross-appeal be lodged by 13th May next.

    Mulkerrins (formerly Woodward) (FC) (Petitioner) v. Pricewaterhouse Coopers (a firm) (formerly trading as Coopers & Lybrand (a firm)) (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 13th May next.

9.  Appeal Committee—The 80th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    Regina v. Dietschmann (Petitioner)—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 13th May next.

    Regina v. Dervish (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be refused.

    In re Kanaris (Respondent) (application for a writ of Habeas Corpus)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 13th May next.

    London Borough of Southwark (Respondents) v. St Brice (FC) (Petitioner) and another —That leave to appeal be refused and that the costs of the petitioner be taxed in accordance with the Access to Justice Act 1999.

10.  Appeal Committee—The 81st Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    Family Housing Association (Petitioners) v. Donnellan and another (Respondents) and another—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 13th May next.

    Skidmore (Respondent) v. Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust (Petitioners)—That the respondent be invited to lodge objections by 13th May next.

    Kiam (Respondent) v. MGN Limited (Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondent be at liberty to apply for his costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d); and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    Thoburn (Petitioner) v. Sunderland City Council (Respondents)—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 13th May next.

    Hunt (Petitioner) v. London Borough of Hackney (Respondents)—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 13th May next.

    Harman and another (Petitioners) v. Cornwall County Council (Respondents)—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 13th May next.

    A (a male) (Petitioner) v. B (a company) (Respondents) and another—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 13th May next.

Papers

11.  Command Paper—The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Weapons—Strengthening the Biological Toxin Weapons Convention: Countering the Threat from Biological Weapons: Government proposals.      (5484)

12.  Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)—The following negative instrument, having been laid before the House on 26th April, was ordered to lie on the Table:

    Radioactive Substances (Natural Gas) Exemption Order 2002, laid under the Radioactive Substances Act 1993.      (1177)

13.  Regulatory Reform—The following order was laid before the House under section 4(2) of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 and referred to the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee:

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department for Work and Pensions.

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

    1.      European Communities (Designation) (No. 2) Order 2002, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (1080)

    2.      Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Modifications to Code C and Code D) (Certain Police Areas) Order 2002, laid under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.      (1150)

15.  Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Report and Financial Statements for 2001 of the Channel Four Television Corporation, laid under the Broadcasting Act 1990.

Select Committee Reports

16.  Group on Working Practices of the House—The report from the group appointed by the Leader of the House to consider how the working practices of the House can be improved, and to make recommendations, was made; it was ordered that the report be printed. (HL Paper 111)

17.  Human Rights Committee—The 16th Report from the Joint Committee, Scrutiny of Bills: further progress report, was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 113)

Public Business

18.  The Queen’s Golden Jubilee—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty to congratulate Her Majesty on the occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Her Accession to the Throne; after debate, the motion was agreed to nemine dissentiente, and it was ordered that the said Address be presented to Her Majesty by the Whole House in Westminster Hall tomorrow at eleven o’clock.

19.  Communications—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Communications Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown, and that the Committee should report not later than 3 months after any such bill has been presented to both Houses; the motion was agreed to and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.

20.  National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill—The report was received; an amendment was agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further consideration on report was adjourned.

21.  Disabled people in the performing arts—The Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that cultural attitudes towards the employment of disabled people in the performing arts are a barrier to their successful employment in this area; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Davies of Oldham.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

22.  National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; further consideration on report was adjourned after amendment 31.

The House was adjourned at twenty-seven minutes before ten o’clock

till tomorrow, ten o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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