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Die Mercurii 11° Junii 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Sheffield.

Judicial Business

1.  Appeal Committee—The 52nd Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Mulkerrins (formerly Woodward) (FC) (Appellant) v. Pricewaterhouse Coopers (a firm) (formerly trading as Coopers & Lybrand (a firm)) (Respondents)—That the petition of the Official Receiver that he might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal be allowed.


2.  Instrument withdrawn—The following instrument, laid before the House on 5th June, was withdrawn:

    Draft Insolvency Act 1986 (Amendment) (Administrative Receivership and Urban Regeneration etc.) Order 2003.

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

    1.  Finance—Treasury Minute on the Tenth to the Twelfth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts;  (5802)

    2.  Pensions—

      (i)  Simplicity, security and choice: Working and saving for retirement, Action on occupational pensions: Government proposals;  (5835)

      (ii)  Government Response to the Third Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Work and Pensions;  (5846)

    3.  International Criminal Court—Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;    (5839)

    4.  European Union—Decision of the Council of the European Union on an amendment to the Statute of the European System of Central Banks and of the European Central Bank, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;    (5840)

    5.  Intergovernmental Organisation—Agreement establishing the Agency for International Trade Information and Co-operation as an Intergovernmental Organisation, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;    (5844)

    6.  Contingent Liabilities—

      (i)  Report of Contingent Liabilities relating to the English Heritage Exhibition at the Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood;  (—)

      (ii)  Indemnity Insurance for Personal Liability of Members of the UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum.  (—)

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

    Draft Contracting Out (Functions in relation to the Management of Crown Lands) Order 2003, laid under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

5.  Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Government Indemnity Scheme: Report of the value of Contingent Liabilities arising from undertakings made under the National Heritage Act 1980 which remained outstanding at 31st March 2003, laid under that Act.

1.  Select Committee Report

6.  Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform—The following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

    21st Report, on the following bills:

      Criminal Justice Bill;

      Fire Services Bill;

      European Union (Accessions) Bill;

      Sunday Working (Scotland) Bill;

      Marine Safety Bill;

      Aviation (Offences) Bill;

      Taxation (Information) Bill [HL];

      Local Government Bill—Government Response;

      Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Bill—Government Response. (HL Paper 122)

Public Business

7.  Countryside (4-hour debate)—It was moved by the Lord Palmer that there be laid before the House papers relating to the situation in the British countryside; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

8.  Drugs (2-hour debate)—It was moved by the Lord Cobbold that there be laid before the House papers relating to the long term effectiveness of current national and international policies on drugs; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

9.  Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003—It was moved by the Lord Filkin that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th May be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

10.  Regulatory Reform (British Waterways Board) Order 2003—It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 28th April be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at eighteen minutes before midnight

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.


  Cler: Parliamentor:



The Committee met at half-past three o’clock.

    Local Government Bill—The bill was further considered in the Grand Committee; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the Committee was adjourned after clause 67 stood part.

The Committee was adjourned at twenty-six minutes before eight o’clock.

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