HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 29° Maii 2002
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of St. Albans.
1. Sage (Respondent) v. Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and others (Appellants) (England)The appeal of Maidstone Borough Council was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 10th July next.
2. Regina v. London Borough of Lambeth (Respondents) ex parte A (FC) (Appellant) (England)The appeal of A was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 10th July next.
3. DJ & C Withers (Farms) Limited (Petitioners) v. Ambic Equipment Limited (Respondents)The petition of DJ & C Withers (Farms) Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4. Appeal CommitteeThe 88th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made
In re Fenby (Petitioner) (application for a writ of Habeas Corpus)That leave to appeal be refused.
5. JournalsThe 233rd volume of the Journals (Session 1999-2000), with an index, was laid on the Table by the Clerk of the Parliaments.
6. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 2002, laid under the Tax Credits Act 1999; (1417)
2. Education (Student Loans) (Amendment) (No.2) (England and Wales) Regulations 2002, laid under the Education (Student Loans) Act 1990; (1433)
3. Education (Teachers Qualifications and Health Standards) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, laid under the Education Reform Act 1988; (1434)
4. Race Relations Act 1976 (General Statutory Duty: Code of Practice) Order 2002, laid under the Race Relations Act 1976. (1435)
Select Committee Report
7. Delegated Powers and Regulatory ReformThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
22nd Report, on the following bills:
Adoption and Children Bill;
Justice (Northern Ireland) BillGovernment Response. (HL Paper 126)
8. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Woolmer of Leeds set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that in the name of the Lord Harrison to 2 hours; the motion was agreed to.
9. House of Lords ReformIt 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
(1) to consider issues relating to House of Lords reform, including the composition and powers of the Second Chamber and its role and authority within the context of Parliament as a whole, having regard in particular to the impact which any proposed changes would have on the existing pre-eminence of the House of Commons, such consideration to include the implications of a House composed of more than one category of member and the experience and expertise which the House of Lords in its present form brings to its function as the revising Chamber; and
(2) having regard to paragraph (1) above, to report on options for the composition and powers of the House of Lords and to define and present to both Houses options for composition, including a fully nominated and fully elected House, and intermediate options;
and to consider and report on
(a) any changes to the relationship between the two Houses which may be necessary to ensure the proper functioning of Parliament as a whole in the context of a reformed Second Chamber, and in particular, any new procedures for resolving conflict between the two Houses; and
(b) the most appropriate and effective legal and constitutional means to give effect to any new Parliamentary settlement;
and in all the foregoing considerations, to have regard to
(i) the Report of the Royal Commission on House of Lords Reform (Cm 4534);
(ii) the White Paper The House of LordsCompleting the Reform (Cm 5291), and the responses received thereto;
(iii) debates and votes in both Houses of Parliament on House of Lords reform; and
(iv) the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee report The Second Chamber: Continuing the Reform, including its consultation of the House of Commons, and any other relevant select committee reports;
after debate, the motion was agreed to; and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to seek their agreement thereto.
10. Urban regeneration (3-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Woolmer of Leeds that there be laid before the House papers relating to the impact of Her Majestys Governments regeneration policies upon the economic, social and environmental quality of life of urban areas, especially those most in need; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
11. Small and medium-sized enterprises (2-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Harrison that there be laid before the House papers relating to the economic and social conditions necessary for the success of small and medium-sized enterprises; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
12. Dignity at Work Bill [HL]The bill was read a third time and passed and sent to the Commons.
13. Industrial and Provident Societies BillIt was moved by the Lord Graham of Edmonton 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.
14. Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2002It was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 9th May be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at seventeen minutes before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.