HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 6° Maii 2003
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford.
1. Regina v. London Borough of Hackney (Respondents) ex parte Satu (FC) (Petitioner)The petition of Camara Satu praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners certificate of public funding was lodged (lodged 1st May).
2. Government of the United States of America (Respondents) v. Barnette and another (Petitioner)The petition of Kathleen Conway Montgomery praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 24th April).
3. Regina v. Secretary of State for Defence (Respondent) ex parte Association of British Civilian InterneesFar East Region (Petitioners)The petition of the Association of British Civilian InterneesFar East Region praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
4. Mortgage Agency Services Number Two Limited (Respondents) v. Chater and another (Petitioner)The petition of Gweneth Mary Chater praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
5. Her Majestys Commissioners for Customs and Excise (Respondents) v. Blom-Cooper (Petitioner)The petition of Lady Blom-Cooper praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
6. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department and another (Respondents) ex parte IH (FC) (Appellant)The petition of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust praying for leave to intervene in the said appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
7. In re McFarland (AP) (Appellant) (Northern Ireland)The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
8. Appeal CommitteeThe following Orders were made pursuant to the 42nd Report:
Sunport Shipping Limited and others (Petitioners) v. Tryg-Baltica International (UK) Limited (formerly known as Colonia Baltica Insurance Limited) and others (Respondents)That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their 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.
Bakewell Management Limited (Respondents) v. Brandwood and others (Petitioners)That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 20th May.
9. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
(i) Central Government Supply Estimates for 2003-04: Supplementary Budget Information; (5797)
(ii) Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2003. (5901)
(i) 10. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 71)The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 2nd May, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Town and Country Planning (Costs of Inquiries etc.) (Examination in Public) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990; (1179)
2. Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992; (1189)
3. Health Professions Council (Practice Committees) (Constitution) Rules Order of Council 2003, laid under the Health Professions Order 2001. (1209)
11. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) (Eligible Debt Securities) Regulations 2003, laid under the Companies Act 1989, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.
12. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990; (1182)
2. (i) Education (Prohibition from Teaching or Working with Children) Regulations 2003 (1184)
(ii) General Teaching Council for England (Disciplinary Functions) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (1186)
laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998;
3. Social Security (Hospital In-Patients and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003, laid under the Child Support Act 1991; (1195)
4. Organic Farming (England Rural Development Programme) Regulations 2003, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. (1235)
13. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. First report for 2003 of the Office of the Oversight Commissioner for Northern Ireland, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000;
2. Treasury Minute directing the application of certain accounts as Appropriations in Aid of the Estimates for 2003-04, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000;
3. Road Traffic Reduction Act Reports for the following
(i) Middlesbrough Council
(ii) Northumberland County Council
(iii) Southampton City Council
(iv) Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
laid under the Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997.
Select Committee Report
14. Statutory InstrumentsThe 18th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Draft Release of Short-Term Prisoners on Licence (Amendment of Requisite Period) Order 2003;
Draft Contracting Out (Administration of the Teachers Pensions Scheme) Order 2003;
Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2003;
Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of Chile) Order 2003;
Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Arab Republic of Egypt) Order 2003;
Draft Broadcasting (Independent Productions) (Amendment) Order 2003;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 100)
15. Courts Bill [HL]It was moved by the Lord Chancellor that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:
Clauses 1 to 6
Clauses 7 to 31
Clauses 32 to 40
Clauses 41 to 60
Clauses 61 to 91
Clauses 92 to 99
Schedules 6 and 7
Clauses 100 to 102;
the motion was agreed to.
16. Railways and Transport Safety BillThe bill was committed to a Grand Committee.
17. Local Government BillThe bill was committed to a Grand Committee.
18. Extradition BillIt was moved by the Lord Filkin that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee; then it was moved by the Viscount Bledisloe, as an amendment thereto, at end to insert , save for Part 1 which shall be committed to a Committee of the Whole House; after debate, the amendment was disagreed to (see division list); then the original motion was agreed to.
19. Industrial Development (Financial Assistance) BillThe bill was read a third time and passed.
20. Communications BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.
21. Tuberculosis and SARSThe Baroness Masham of Ilton asked Her Majestys Government what is being done to combat the spread of tuberculosis and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome; and what facilities for treatment and after-care are available in the United Kingdom; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Andrews.
22. Communications BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed after clause 7 stood part.
The House was adjourned at twenty-eight minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.