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Die Mercurii 1° Maii 2002

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

1.  Royal Assent—The Lord Chancellor notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

Football (Disorder) (Amendment) Actc.12
Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Actc.13
National Heritage Actc.14
Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Actc.15
Greenham and Crookham Commons Actc. i

Judicial Business

2.  Mirvahedy (Respondent) v. Henley and another (Appellants) (England)—The appeal of Andrew John Henley and Susan Henley was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 12th June next.


3.  Instruments withdrawn—The following instruments, laid before the House on 30th April, were withdrawn:

    1.      Draft Code of Practice for Schools;

    2.      Draft Code of Practice for Providers of Post 16 Education and Related Services.

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

    Contingent Liability—Department of Health Minute on indemnity for members of the independent enquiry into issues arising from the case of Harold Shipman.

5.  Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.      Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2002, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    2.      Draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    3.      Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Laying Hens;

    4.      Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Meat Chickens and Breeding Chickens.

6.  Negative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (England) Regulations 2002, together with a Regulatory Impact Assessment, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.      (1227)

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

    1.      Accounts for 2000-01 of the Leicester Education Action Zone, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

    2.      First Statutory Report of the Oversight Commissioner, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000.

Public Business

8.  Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill [HL]—A bill to amend the Computer Misuse Act 1990 in order to protect computerised systems against denial of service attacks was presented by the Earl of Northesk, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 79)

9.  Civil Service Act (Balloted debate)—It was moved by the Lord Holme of Cheltenham that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for a Civil Service Act clarifying the respective responsibilities of Ministers, political advisers and civil servants; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

10.  Higher education (Balloted debate)—It was moved by the Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe that there be laid before the House papers relating to the work of universities in widening participation, as set out in Universities UK’s report Social Class and Participation in Higher Education; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

11.  European Capital of Culture—The Lord Luke asked Her Majesty’s Government by what criteria they will select the United Kingdom’s entry for the European Capital of Culture for 2008; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Blackstone.

12.  Communications—A message was brought from the Commons, that they concur with the Lords in their message of 29th April; and have made the following orders:

    That a Select Committee of six honourable Members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider any such draft Communications Bill.

    That the Committee shall have power—

          (i)      to send for persons, papers and records;

          (ii)      to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;

          (iii)      to report from time to time;

          (iv)      to appoint specialist advisers;

          (v)      to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom.

The House was adjourned at two minutes past nine o’clock

till tomorrow, three o’clock.


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