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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Monday 19th July 2004

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

1.  Lord Gould of Brookwood—Philip Gould Esquire, having been created Baron Gould of Brookwood, of Brookwood in the County of Surrey, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 7th June 2004, was introduced between the Lord Hollick and the Baroness Gould of Potternewton, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2.  Lord Broers—Sir Alec Nigel Broers, Knight, having been created Baron Broers, of Cambridge in the County of Cambridgeshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 21st June 2004, was introduced between the Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve and the Lord Oxburgh, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

3.  Leave of Absence—It was ordered that leave of absence granted to the Lord Brett be terminated.

4.  Leave of Absence—It was ordered that leave of absence be granted to the Lord Wigoder for the remainder of this Parliament.

Judicial Business

5.  Regina v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Respondent) ex parte Hooper (Appellant) and others—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 4th October next or to the third sitting day after the next ensuing meeting of the House (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

6.  Searby (Appellant) v. Yorkshire Traction Company Limited (Respondents)—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 4th October next or to the third sitting day after the next ensuing meeting of the House (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

7.  Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Dudson (FC) (Appellant) and one other action—The appellant’s certificate of public funding was lodged.

8.  Appeal Committee—The 75th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Attorney General’s Reference No. 5 of 2002 (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—That the petition of Brian Charrington that he might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said reference be refused.

Papers

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

    1.  Animal Products—Review for 2003-04 of the Controls on Imports of Animal Products;    (6286)

    2.  Crime—

      (i)     Confident Communities in a Secure Britain—The Home Office Strategic Plan 2004-08: Government Proposals;  (6287)

      (ii)     Cutting Crime, Delivering Justice—A Strategic Plan for Criminal Justice 2004-08: Government Proposals;  (6288)

    3.  European Union—Provisional Text of the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union.    (6289)

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

    Draft Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Amendment) and Police Reform Act 2002 (Modification) Order 2004, laid under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2004, laid under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994;  (1773)

    2.  Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study in Science in Respect of the First, Second, Third and Fourth Key Stages) (England) (No. 2) Order 2004, laid under the Education Act 2002;  (1800)

    3.  Financial Conglomerates and Other Financial Groups Regulations 2004, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.  (1862)

12.  Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Report for 2003-04 of the Serious Fraud Office, laid under the Criminal Justice Act 1987;

    2.  Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the Exchange Equalisation Account, laid under the Exchange Equalisation Account Act 1979;

    3.  Amendments 37 and 38 to the Army Pensions Warrant 1977, laid under the Pensions and Yeomanry Act 1884;

    4.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the Rivers Agency of Northern Ireland—

      (ii)  Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland—

      (iii)  Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland—

      laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000;

    5.  Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the British Library, laid under the British Library Act 1972, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor;

    6.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the Driving Standards Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (ii)     Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the Patent Office, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;

    7.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2003-04 of the National Lottery Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (ii)     Accounts for 2003-04 of the Sports Council for Wales Lottery Distribution Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (iii)  Accounts for 2003-04 of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;

    8.  Accounts for 2003-04 of the Qualification and Curriculum Authority, laid under the Education Act 1997, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

    9.  Accounts for 2003-04 of the General Teaching Council for England, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998;

    10.  Accounts for 2003 of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, laid under the Broadcasting Act 1996, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

    11.  Accounts for the seventeen month period ended 31st March 2004 of the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales, laid under the Audit Commission Act 1998, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

      12.  Accounts for 2003-04 of the South Bank Centre, laid under the Local Government Act 1985;

      13.  Third Report of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration: A Further Investigation of the Prudential Regulation of Equitable Life?, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967;

      14.  Accounts for 2003-04 of the Crown’s Nominee, laid under the Treasury Solicitor Act 1876.

Public Business

13.  Civil Contingencies Bill—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House; the motion was agreed to.

14.  Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill—The bill was a read a third time and passed.

15.  Patents Bill [HL]—The Commons amendments were considered and agreed to.

16.  Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill—The report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1 and 2); amendments were agreed to; an amendment was moved and on question, tellers for the Contents not having been appointed, the amendment was disagreed to pursuant to Standing Order 54; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 108)

The House was adjourned during pleasure.The House was resumed.

17.  Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (Amendment) Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Baroness Noakes 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 eleven minutes before eight o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

APPENDIX

PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND COMMITTEE (IN COMMITTEE ROOM 3A AND 4B)

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

    Pensions Bill—The bill was further considered in the Grand Committee; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the Committee was adjourned after clause 125 stood part.

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

 
 
 
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