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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Thursday 20th July 2006

The House met at eleven o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Leicester.

1.  Lord James of Blackheath—David Noel James, Esquire, CBE, having been created Baron James of Blackheath, of Wildbrooks in the County of West Sussex, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 9th June 2006, was introduced between the Lord Eden of Winton and the Lord Feldman, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2.  Lord Rowe-Beddoe—Sir David Sydney Rowe-Beddoe, Knight, having been created Baron Rowe-Beddoe, of Kilgetty in the County of Dyfed, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 15th June 2006, was introduced between the Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach and the Lord Morris of Aberavon, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

3.  Johnston (Appellant) v. NEI International Combustion Limited (Respondents)—

4.  Rothwell (Appellant) v. Chemical and Insulating Company Limited and others (Respondents)—

5.  Downey (Appellant) v. Charles Evans Shopfitters Limited (Respondents)—

6.  Topping (Appellant) v. Benchtown Limited (formerly Jones Bros. Preston Limited) (Respondents)—

    (Conjoined Appeals)—

    The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 31st August 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.  Lonsdale (t/a Lonsdale Agencies) (Appellant) v. Howard & Hallam Limited (Respondents)—It was ordered that the appellant be allowed to prosecute the appeal without giving the usual security for costs as required by Standing Order.

8.  Scrabster Harbour Trust (Appellants) v. Mowlem plc (trading as Mowlem Marine) (Respondents) (Scotland)—Upon application by the appellants (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the appeal be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.

9.  Mowlem Marine (Respondents) v. Scrabster Harbour Trust (formerly known as Trustees of the Harbour of Scrabster) (Appellants) (Scotland)—Upon application by the appellants (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the appeal be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.

Papers

10.  Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Home Office—Departmental Report for 2006 of the Home Office;    (6818)

    2.  Pensions—Report for 2005-06 on the Social Fund;    (6856)

    3.  Industrial Injuries—Report of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on work-related upper limb disorders;    (6868)

    4.  Finance—Public Expenditure 2005-06: Provisional Outturn: Government proposals.    (6883)

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

    Draft Code of Practice (Second Revision) England and Wales, laid under the Treasure Act 1996, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  (i)  Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Amendment Regulations 2006—  (1928)

      (ii)  Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Tachograph Card) Regulations 2006—  (1937)

      laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

    2.  Railways (Substitute Road Services) (Exemptions) Order 2006, laid under the Transport Act 2000;  (1935)

    3.  Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006, laid under the Social Security Act 1990;  (1953)

    4.  Dissolution etc. (Pension Protection Fund) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006, laid under the Civil Partnership Act 2004;  (—)

    5.  Divorce etc. (Pension Protection Fund) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006, laid under the Matrimonial Causes (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.  (—)

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

    1.  Belarus (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2006, laid under the Saint Helena Act 1833;  (1909)

    2.  Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution Order 2006, laid under the West Indies Act 1962;  (1913)

    3.  Report for 2005 on the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Act 1996, laid under that Act;

    4.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils—

      (ii)    Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Medical Research Council—

      laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965;

    5.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Planning Service—

      (ii)    Report and Accounts for 2004 of the Fisheries Conservancy Board for Northern Ireland—

      (iii)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Roads Service—

      (iv)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Water Service—

      (v)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland—

      (vi)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive—

      (vii)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency—

      (viii)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Rate Collection Agency—

      (ix)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Insolvency Service—

      laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000;

    6.    (i)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of Companies House—

      (ii)    Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (iii)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Driving Standards Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (iv)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Central Office of Information, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (v)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Fire Service College, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;

    7.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of Ofcom, laid under the Office of Communications Act 2002;

    8.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of Energywatch, laid under the Utilities Act 2000;

    9.  Report for 2005-06 of H M Chief Inspectorate of Court Administration, laid under the Justices of the Peace Act 1997;

    10.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Legal Services Commission, laid under the Access to Justice Act 1999;

    11.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel, laid under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995;

    12.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Consumer Council for Postal Services, laid under the Postal Services Act 2000;

    13.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, laid under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000;

    14.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the British Library, laid under the British Library Act 1972;

    15.    (i)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Wallace Collection—

      (ii)    Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the National Gallery—

      (iii)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Victoria and Albert Museum—

      (iv)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the British Museum—

      (v)  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Tate Gallery—

      laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992;

    16.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Alcohol Education and Research Council, laid under the Licensing (Alcohol Education and Research) Act 1981;

    17.  Accounts for 2005-06 of the Electoral Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000;

    18.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Consumer Council for Water, laid under the Water Industry Act 1991;

    19.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of British Waterways, laid under the Transport Act 1962;

    20.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

    21.    (i)  Accounts for 2005-06 of the Arts Council of Wales Lottery Distribution, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (ii)    Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the National Lottery Commission—

      laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;

    22.  Accounts for 2005-06 of the Wool Levy, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947;

    23.  Accounts for 2005-06 of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Atomic Energy Authority Act 1954;

    24.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990;

    25.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Strategic Rail Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Transport Act 2000;

    26.  Report for 2005-06 of the Assembly Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Complaints, laid under the Ombudsman (Northern Ireland) Order 1996;

    27.  Reports and Accounts for 2005-06 of the following NHS Foundation Trusts:

      (i)  City Hospitals Sunderland—

      (ii)  The Royal Marsden—

      (iii)  Liverpool Women’s—

      (iv)  Frimley Park Hospital—

      (v)  Lancashire Teaching Hospitals—

      (vi)  Homerton University Hospital—

      (vii)  Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals—

      (viii)  Heart of England—

      (ix)  Guy’s and St Thomas’—

      (x)  Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals—

      (xi)  Chesterfield Royal Hospital—

      (xii)  Derby Hospitals—

      (xiii)  Cambridge University Hospitals—

      (i)  (xiv)  Royal Devon and Exeter—

      (xv)  South Tyneside—

      (xvi)  Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals—

      (xvii)  Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals—

      (xviii)  Bradford Teaching Hospitals—

      (xix)  Papworth Hospital—

      (xx)  Queen Victoria Hospital—

      (xxi)  University Hospital Birmingham—

      laid under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003;

    28.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of the Stonebridge Housing Action Trust, laid under the Housing Act 1988;

    29.  Report and Accounts for 2005-06 of English Heritage, laid under the National Heritage Act 1983.

Select Committee Report

14.  House of Lords’ Annual Report—It was ordered that the Report for the year 2005/06, as authorised by the House Committee, be printed. (HL Paper 237)

Public Business

15.  Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL]—The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with a privilege amendment; the amendment was considered and agreed to.

16.  Television Licensable Content Services Order 2006—

17.  Radio Multiplex Services (Required Percentage of Digital Capacity) Order 2006—

    It was moved by the Lord Davies of Oldham that the draft Orders laid before the House on 21st June be approved en bloc; the motion was agreed to.

18.  Regulatory Reform (Registered Designs) Order 2006—

19.  Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Consequential Amendment to Statutory Adoption Pay) Order 2006—

20.  Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2006—

    It was moved by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville that the draft instruments laid before the House on 19th and 27th June be approved en bloc; the motion was agreed to.

21.  Education and Inspections Bill—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.

22.  Autism—The Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to provide support for the families of children with autism; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Warner.

23.  Education and Inspections Bill—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 schedule 10, as amended, stood part.

The House was adjourned at a quarter-past seven o’clock to Monday next, half-past two o’clock.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

 
 
 
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