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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Wednesday 6th July 2005

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Leicester.

1.  Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone—The Right Honourable Virginia Hilda Brunette Maxwell Bottomley, having been created Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, of St Helens in the County of Isle of Wight, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 24th June 2005, was introduced between the Baroness Noakes and the Lord Fowler, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2.  Lord Mawhinney—The Right Honourable Sir Brian Stanley Mawhinney, Knight, having been created Baron Mawhinney, of Peterborough in the County of Cambridgeshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 24th June 2005, was introduced between the Lord Harris of Peckham and the Lord King of Bridgwater, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

3.  Oath—Robin Brunskill Lord Cooke of Thorndon took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Papers

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

    1.  Salary Review Bodies—Sixtieth Report of the Review Body on Senior Salaries on Pay for Standing Committee Chairmen in the House of Commons;    (6566)

    2.  Defence—Government Response to the Fourth Report of the House of Commons Defence Committee, Session 2004-05: Future Capabilities;    (6616)

    3.  Environment—Government Response to the Fourth Report of the House of Commons of the Environmental Audit Committee, Session 2004-05, on the International Challenge of Climate Change.    (6617)

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

    1.  General Product Safety Regulations 2005, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;  (1803)

    2.  Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes Order 2005, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990;  (1805)

    3.  Cosmetics Products (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2005, laid under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.  (1815)

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

    1.  Report of the Appointed Person for England and Wales and Northern Ireland 2004-05, laid under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002;

    2.  Report and Accounts for 2004-05 of the Exchange Equalisation Account, laid under the Exchange Equalisation Account Act 1979;

    3.  Accounts for 2003-04 of the Northern Ireland Land Purchase, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Northern Ireland Land Purchase (Winding Up) Act 1935;

    4.  Resource Accounts for 2004-05 of the Northern Ireland Audit Office, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000;

    5.  Accounts for 2003-04 of the Central Services Agency, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000;

    6.  Report and Accounts for 2004-05 of the Adult Learning Inspectorate, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Learning and Skills Act 2000;

    7.  Report and Accounts for 2004-05 of the Castle Vale Housing Action Trust, laid under the Housing Act 1988;

    8.  Report and Accounts for 2004-05 of English Partnerships, laid under the New Towns Act 1981.

Select Committee Report

7.  Procedure of the House—The First Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 26)

Public Business

8.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Rooker, on behalf of the Lord President (Baroness Amos), that the following motion be referred to a Grand Committee:

      Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Designated Area) Order 2005—The Lord Dholakia to move, That the Order be considered;

    the motion was agreed to.

9.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Rooker, on behalf of the Lord President (Baroness Amos), that Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday 7th July next to allow the motion standing in the name of the Lord Warner to be taken after the debate in the name of the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff; the motion was agreed to.

10.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Rooker, on behalf of the Lord President (Baroness Amos), that Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Tuesday 12th July next to allow the motion standing in the name of the Lord President to be taken before the Committee stage of the Charities Bill [HL]; the motion was agreed to.

11.  Economic Affairs—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Lord Roper be appointed a member of the Select Committee in the place of the Lord Goodhart; the motion was agreed to.

12.  Equality Bill [HL]—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.

13.  Iraq: minorities—The Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to protect the legitimate interests of the Chaldo-Assyrians and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon.

14.  Equality Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed after clause 7 stood part.

The House was adjourned at twenty-four minutes past nine o’clock

till tomorrow, a quarter before ten o’clock for judicial business,

eleven o’clock for public business.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

 
 
 
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