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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 15° Maii 2002

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Rochester.

Judicial Business

1.  Wrexham County Borough Council (Appellants) v. Berry (Respondent)—

2.  South Bucks District Council (Appellants) v. Porter and another (Respondents)—

3.  Chichester District Council (Appellants) v. Searle and others (Respondents)—

    (Conjoined Appeals)—

    The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 3rd July next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

4.  MacDonald (AP) (Appellant) v. Advocate General for Scotland (Respondent) (Scotland)—The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 5th June next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

5.  Lloyds TSB General Insurance Holdings Limited and others (Respondents) v. Lloyds Bank Group Insurance Company Limited (Petitioners) and one other action—Upon application by the petitioners in the other action (the agents for the respondents in the other action consenting thereto), it was ordered that the other action be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.

6.  Appeal Committee—The 83rd 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—

    Sage (Respondent) v. Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and others (Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be given on terms that, if successful, the petitioners do not seek any order for costs against the respondent; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 29th May.

    Regina v. London Borough of Lambeth (Respondents) ex parte A (FC) (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 29th May.

Papers

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

    1.      Employment—Government Response to the First Report of the Work and Pensions Select Committee: Report on the ONE Pilots: Lessons for Jobcentre Plus;      (5505)

    2.      Gas—Agreement between the United Kingdom and Norway relating to the Exploitation of the Frigg Field Reservoir and the Transmission of Gas therefrom to the United Kingdom.      (5513)

8.  Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Order 2002, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.      National Health Service (Local Pharmaceutical Services and Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2002, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;      (1009)

    2.      Police Authorities (Selection Panel) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, laid under the Police Act 1996;      (1282)

    3.      Judicial Pensions (Pensions Appeal Tribunals) Order 2002, laid under the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993;      (1347)

    4.      (i)    Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Hampshire) (District of Hart) Order 2002—      (1351)

      (ii)    Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Hampshire) (Borough of Rushmoor) Order 2002—      (1352)

      (iii)    Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (City of Liverpool) Order 2002—      (1353)

    laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991.

10.  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 Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks) Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Marine and Aviation Insurance (War Risks) Act 1952;

    2.      Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Northern Ireland National Insurance Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992;

    3.      Accounts for 2000-01 of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Parliamentary and Other Pensions Act 1972;

    4.      Accounts for 2000-01 of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998;

    5.      Accounts for 2000-01 of the Supreme Court of Judicature Northern Ireland Land Purchase Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Northern Ireland Land Purchase (Winding Up) Act 1935.

Select Committee Reports

11.  Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform—The following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

    20th Report, on the following bills:

      Tax Credits Bill—Government amendments for Committee Stage;

      Proceeds of Crime Bill—Government amendments for Committee Stage;

      Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Bill [HL];

      Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill [HL]; (HL Paper 121)

    21st Report, on the Draft Regulatory Reform (Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979) Order 2002; and requesting evidence on the proposal for the Draft Regulatory Reform (Removal of 20 Member Limit in Partnerships etc.) Order 2002. (HL Paper 122)

Public Business

12.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Tuesday 21st May to allow the motion standing in the name of the Lord Privy Seal to be taken before that standing in the name of the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath; the motion was agreed to.

13.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord King of Bridgwater set down for today shall be limited to 3½ hours and that in the name of the Lord Fowler to 2 hours; the motion was agreed to.

14.  Religious Offences—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that a Select Committee be appointed to consider and report on the law relating to religious offences;

    That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:

L. Avebury
L. Bhatia
L. Clarke of Hampstead
V. Colville of Culross (Chairman)
L. Grabiner
L. Griffiths of Fforestfach

E. Mar and Kellie
B. Massey of Darwen
B. Perry of Southwark
Bp. Portsmouth
B. Richardson of Calow
B. Wilcox;

    That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

    That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

    That the Committee do meet tomorrow at 4 o’clock in Room 134, Millbank House;

    the motion was agreed to.

15.  Armed forces (3½-hour debate)—It was moved by the Lord King of Bridgwater that there be laid before the House papers relating to the Armed Forces of the Crown; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

16.  Pension policy (2-hour debate)—It was moved by the Lord Fowler that there be laid before the House papers relating to pension policy; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

17.  TSE (England) Regulations 2002—It was moved by the Countess of Mar that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 27th March, be annulled (S.I. 2002/843); then it was moved by the Lord Livsey of Talgarth, as an amendment thereto, to leave out from “That” to the end and to insert “this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the Regulations, laid on 27th March (S.I. 2002/843):

    (a) to give an undertaking that the period of time in which a veterinary inspector issuing a notice of intended slaughter shall permit representations to the Secretary of State shall be no less than seven days;

    (b) to consider bringing in further regulations setting up an independent appeals adjudicator nominated by the British Veterinary Association; and

    (c) to keep the regulations under review in the light of scientific and technological developments relating to TSE.”;

    then it was moved by the Lord Whitty, as an amendment to the amendment, to leave out paragraph (a) and to insert “(a) to give an undertaking that they will consider ways of ensuring that representations can be made against a notice of intended slaughter issued by a veterinary inspector;”; after debate, the amendment to the amendment was agreed to (see division list); then the amendment, as amended, was agreed to; then the original motion, as amended, was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at five minutes past eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, two o’clock for judicial business,

three o’clock for public business.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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