House of Lords Journal 241 (Session 2007-08)
Membership of the House
Minutes and Order Papers
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Thursday 7 February 2008
The House met at 11.00am.
The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:
Hayman, B. (Lord Speaker)
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Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.
1 Africa: flooding A question was asked by Baroness Rawlings and answered by Lord Davies of Oldham.
2 Disabled people: Blue Badge Scheme A question was asked by Lord Clement-Jones and answered by Lord Bassam of Brighton.
3 Climate change: aviation A question was asked by Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall and answered by Lord Bassam of Brighton.
4 Energy: wind farms A question was asked by Lord Berkeley and answered by Baroness Taylor of Bolton.
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5 Business of the House The Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) moved that the debates on the motions in the names of Baroness Corston and Lord Harrison set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours. The motion was agreed to.
6 Northumberland (Structural Change) Order 2008
Wiltshire (Structural Change) Order 2008
County Durham (Structural Change) Order 2008
Cornwall (Structural Change) Order 2008
Shropshire (Structural Change) Order 2008
Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2008
Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2008
Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2008
The Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) moved that the instruments be referred to a Grand Committee en bloc. The motion was agreed to.
7 Liaison The Chairman of Committees moved that the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 33) be agreed to. Then Lord Barnett moved, as an amendment to the original motion, at end to insert save for the recommendation in paragraph 7 relating to the Barnett Formula, and that this House approves the proposal for the establishment of an ad hoc select committee to review the Barnett Formula. After debate, the amendment was withdrawn. Then the original motion was agreed to.
8 Criminal justice: women (2½-hour debate) Baroness Corston moved for papers relating to the Report by Baroness Corston entitled Review of Women with Particular Vulnerabilities in the Criminal Justice System, and the Governments response (Cm 7261). After debate, the motion was withdrawn.
9 Police: Flanagan Review Lord West of Spithead repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.
10 Museums and galleries (2½-hour debate) Lord Harrison moved for papers relating to the policy to grant free entry to national museums, any subsequent assessment of the policy and any further policies the Government have to broaden the profile of those coming to museums and galleries. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.
The House adjourned at 6.01pm until Monday 18 February at 2.30pm.
Grand Committee Business
The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 2.00pm.
Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill The Grand Committee further considered the bill, beginning with amendment 102. Amendments were agreed to. The Committee adjourned after amendment 191.
The Committee adjourned at 5.51pm.
All statutory instruments laid before the House are accompanied by an Explanatory Memorandum presented by command of Her Majesty, unless otherwise indicated.
The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:
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1 Pay Review Bodies
(1) Report of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body. (7315)
(2) Report of the Prison Service Pay Review Body for England and Wales. (7325)
2 EnvironmentReport of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Governments water strategy for England. (7319)
3 Explanatory Memorandum (Revised) Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Legal Services Act 2007 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitory Provisions) Order 2008, SI2008/222. (5 February) ()
The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution:
Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2008, laid under the Pensions Act 2004.
The following instruments were laid before the House:
1 Firefighters Pension Scheme (England) (Amendment) Order 2008, laid under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004. (213)
2 Firefighters Pension Scheme (Amendment) (England) Order 2008, laid under the Fire Services Act 1947. (214)
3 School Finance (England) Regulations 2008, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. (228)
4 Armed Forces (Gurkha Pensions) (Amendment) Order 2008, laid under the Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Act 2004. (229)
5 Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2008, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998. (235)
1 Yeda Research and Development Company Limited (Appellants) v Rhone-Poulenc Rorer International Holdings Inc and others (Respondents) Further to the Order of the House of 24 October 2007 (52nd Report, Session 2006-07;  UKHL 43) it was ordered that the respondents do pay or cause to be paid to the appellants their costs in this House, the amount of such costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties, and also their costs in Her Majestys Court of Appeal and in the Chancery Division of Her Majestys High Court of Justice, the amount of such costs to the determined by a Costs Judge if not agreed between the parties.
2 R (on the application of Countryside Alliance and others and others (Appellants)) v Her Majestys Attorney General and another (Respondents)
3 R (on the application of Countryside Alliance and others (Appellants) and others) v Her Majestys Attorney General and another (Respondents)
Further to the Order of the House of Wednesday 28 November 2007 (4th Report, Session 2007-08;  UKHL 52) It was ordered that the appellants do pay or cause to be paid to the respondents their costs of the appeals in this House, the amount of such costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
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4 OB (by his mother and litigation friend) (Respondent) v Aventis Pasteur SA (Appellants) (England) The appeal of Aventis Pasteur SA was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 20 March.
5 Kensington International Limited (Respondents) v Republic of Congo (formerly the Peoples Republic of Congo) and others (Petitioners) Upon application by the petitioners (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.
6 Appeal Committee The 29th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made:
In re R (children) (AP) (Northern Ireland) That leave to appeal be refused; that the costs of the petitioner be taxed in accordance with the Access to Justice Act 1999; that the respondent be at liberty to apply for his costs in accordance with direction 5.1(c); and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.