HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 26° Novembris 2002
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.
1. House of Lords Publication Scheme prepared in accordance with section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 was laid on the Table of the House by the Clerk of the Parliaments.
2. Barry (acting by Margaret Holyhead as litigation friend) (Petitioner) v. Ablerex Construction (Midlands) Limited (Respondents)Upon application by the petitioner (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.
3. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Financing of Maintained Schools (England) (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2002, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; (2868)
2. Local Authorities (Discretionary Expenditure Limits) (England) Order 2002, laid under the Local Government Act 1972; (2878)
3. Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 4) Regulations 2002, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (2924)
4. Social Security Benefit (Computation of Earnings) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2002, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992; (2925)
5. Tax Credits (Appeals) Regulations 2002, laid under the Tax Credits Act 2002; (2926)
6. Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, laid under the Immigration Act 1971. ()
4. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report on the Operation in 2001 of the Terrorism Act 2000, laid under the Terrorism Act 2000.
Select Committee Report
5. Statutory InstrumentsThe 2nd Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Statutory Powers of Stop and Search) Order 2002;
Draft Air Quality (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002;
Draft Jobseekers Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2002;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 8)
6. 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 Baker of Dorking set down for tomorrow shall be limited to 5 hours; the motion was agreed to.
7. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday 5th December next to allow the motion standing in the name of the Earl of Onslow to be taken before the affirmative instruments; the motion was agreed to.
8. Delegated Powers and Regulatory ReformIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that a Select Committee be appointed to report whether the provisions of any bill inappropriately delegate legislative power, or whether they subject the exercise of legislative power to an inappropriate degree of parliamentary scrutiny; to report on documents and draft orders laid before Parliament under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001; and to perform, in respect of such documents and orders and subordinate provisions orders laid under that Act, the functions performed in respect of other instruments by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments;
That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:
L. Brooke of Sutton Mandeville
B. Carnegy of Lour
L. Dahrendorf (Chairman)
L. Mayhew of Twysden
That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees;
That the Committee and any sub-committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;
That the Committee have power to co-opt any Lord for the purpose of serving on the Committee or a sub-committee;
That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;
the motion was agreed to.
9. Licensing Bill [HL]It was moved by the Baroness Blackstone 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.
The House was adjourned at nineteen minutes past nine oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.