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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Wednesday 8th February 2006

The House met at a quarter before ten o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Truro.

1.  Lord Brightman—The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that Lord Brightman, a member of the House, had died on 6th February 2006.

2.  Barony of Darling in the Peerage of the United Kingdom—The Petition of Robert Julian Henry Darling claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Darling in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as the Lord Darling on his register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and was referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

3.  Viscountcy of Younger of Leckie in the Peerage of the United Kingdom—The Petition of James Edward George Younger claiming to have succeeded to the Viscountcy of Younger of Leckie in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as the Viscount Younger of Leckie on his register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and was referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

Judicial Business

4.  Pirelli Cable Holding NV and others (Respondents) v. Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Inland Revenue (Appellants)—It was moved by the Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead, That the 35th Report from the Appellate Committee be agreed to; the motion was agreed to. It was ordered and adjudged that the Orders of the Court of Appeal of 17th December 2003 and 15th March 2004 and also paragraphs 1, 2 and 4 of the Order of Mr Justice Park in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division of 22nd January 2003 be set aside; that the case be remitted back to Mr Justice Park in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division to decide the unresolved factual question whether, had group income election been available to the Pirelli group, the group would have elected to have the United Kingdom subsidiaries pay the dividends in question free of ACT or, instead, would have chosen that the United Kingdom subsidiaries should pay the dividends outside group income elections, thus enabling the overseas parents to receive convention tax credits, and so that in assessing the amount of compensation payable to the 4th and 5th claimants the amount of the tax credit paid to their parents should be brought into account, and also to order repayment of any sums already paid by the appellants to the 4th and 5th claimants; that the respondents do pay to the appellants their costs in the Court of Appeal and their costs in this House, the issue of costs in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division being reserved in accordance with paragraph 6 of the aforementioned Order of Mr Justice Park; and that the amount of such costs incurred in the Court of Appeal be determined by a Costs Judge and that the amount of such costs incurred in this House be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties. [2006] UKHL 4

5.  A (FC) and others (FC) (Appellants) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) (2004)—

6.  A and others (Appellants) (FC) and others v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)—

    (Conjoined Appeals)—

    Further to the Order of the House of 8th December 2005 (28th Report Session 2005-06 [2005] UKHL 71), it was ordered that, in respect of each Cause, the respondent do pay or cause to be paid to the appellants half of their costs in Her Majesty’s Court of Appeal and all of their costs in this House, including provision for four Counsel in this House, and that the amount of such costs incurred in Her Majesty’s Court of Appeal be determined by a Costs Judge and that the amount of such costs incurred in this House be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties; that, in respect of each Cause, the costs of the appellants in Her Majesty’s Court of Appeal and in this House be taxed in accordance with the Access to Justice Act 1999; and that, in respect of each Cause, the case of each appellant be remitted to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission for reconsideration of the evidence before it at the date of its original determination in the light of the opinions expressed in this House, save that it should be free to investigate (and if it sees fit call for further evidence as to) whether torture was used to obtain any of the statements relied on by the Secretary of State.

7.  Davidson (AP) (Appellant) v. Scottish Ministers (Respondents) (Scotland)—

    Further to the Order of the House of 15th December 2005 (30th Report Session 2005-06 [2005] UKHL 74), it was ordered that any orders for expenses made by the Court of Session in Scotland be set aside and the respondents do pay or cause to be paid to the appellant his expenses in this matter incurred in the Outer House and in the Inner House of the Court of Session and his costs in this House, the amount of the last-mentioned costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties; and that the expenses of the appellant in the Outer House and in the Inner House of the Court of Session and his costs in this House be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986, such costs to include a certificate for one leading counsel and two junior counsel in respect of the proceedings in this House.

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

Papers

8.  Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Amendment Regulations 2006, laid under the Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    2.  Draft Special Health Authorities (Audit) Order 2006, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    3.  Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2006, laid under the Pensions Act 2004, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    4.  Draft Films (Definition of “British Film”) Order 2006, laid under the Films Act 1985, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2006, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;    (200)

    2.  Non-Domestic Rating and Council Tax (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2006, laid under the Electronic Communications Act 2000;    (237)

    3.  Joint Waste Disposal Authorities (Levies) (England) Regulations 2006, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988;    (248)

    4.  Special Health Authorities (Summarised Accounts) Order 2006, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000.    (250)

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

    1.  Accounts for 2004-05 of NHS Direct, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;

    2.  Report and Accounts for 2004-05 of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, laid under the Merseyside Museums and Galleries Order 1986.

Select Committee Report

11.  Statutory Instruments—The 17th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (Continuance in force of sections 1 to 9) Order 2006;

      Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2006;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 121)

Private Business

12.  Transport for London Bill [HL]—The bill was read a second time and committed to a Select Committee.

13.  Whitehaven Harbour Bill [HL]—The bill was read a second time and referred to the Examiners.

Public Business

14.  Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment was agreed to; the House was resumed.

15.  Faith schools—The Lord Taverne asked Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the extension of faith schools; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Adonis.

16.  Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); the House was resumed after clause 40 stood part.

The House was adjourned at twenty-six minutes past ten o’clock

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

 
 
 
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