House of Lords Journal 241 (Session 2007-08)


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Thursday 6 March 2008

The House met at 11.00am.

The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:

Hayman, B. (Lord Speaker)

Acton, L.
Addington, L.
Afshar, B.
Ahmed, L.
Alderdice, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Anderson of Swansea, L.
Anelay of St Johns, B.
Armstrong of Ilminster, L.
Ashton of Upholland, B.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Baker of Dorking, L.
Barker, B.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Berkeley, L.
Best, L.
Bew, L.
Bhatia, L.
Bilimoria, L.
Billingham, B.
Bilston, L.
Blood, B.
Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, B.
Borrie, L.
Bowness, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Bradley, L.
Bradshaw, L.
Bragg, L.
Bramall, L.
Brett, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Bridges, L.
Broers, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Burlison, L.
Burnett, L.
Buscombe, B.
Butler of Brockwell, L.
Butler-Sloss, B.

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Byford, B.
Caithness, E.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Surbiton, B.
Campbell-Savours, L.
Carlile of Berriew, L.
Cathcart, E.
Chester, Bp.
Chidgey, L.
Chorley, L.
Christopher, L.
Clark of Calton, B.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Colville of Culross, V.
Colwyn, L.
Condon, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Corbett of Castle Vale, L.
Cotter, L.
Courtown, E.
Coussins, B.
Cox, B.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Crathorne, L.
Crawley, B.
Crickhowell, L.
Cunningham of Felling, L.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
De Mauley, L.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Deech, B.
Denham, L.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Donoughue, L.
D’Souza, B.
Dubs, L.
Dundee, E.
Durham, Bp.
Dykes, L.
Eames, L.
Eatwell, L.
Eccles, V.
Eccles of Moulton, B.
Elder, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.
Ely, Bp.
Elystan-Morgan, L.
Erroll, E.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Temple Guiting, L.
Exeter, Bp.
Falkland, V.
Falkner of Margravine, B.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Faulkner of Worcester, L.
Ferrers, E.
Filkin, L.
Flather, B.
Flowers, L.
Fookes, B.
Ford, B.
Forsyth of Drumlean, L.
Foster of Bishop Auckland, L.
Fowler, L.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Freeman, L.
Gale, B.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Geddes, L.
Giddens, L.
Glenarthur, L.
Glentoran, L.
Golding, B.
Goodhart, L.
Goodlad, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Goudie, B.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Grabiner, L.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Greaves, L.
Greengross, B.
Greenway, L.
Grocott, L.
Hameed, L.
Hamilton of Epsom, L.
Hamwee, B.
Hanham, B.
Harries of Pentregarth, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of Richmond, B.
Harrison, L.
Hart of Chilton, L.
Haskel, L.
Haworth, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Henig, B.
Henley, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Hooper, B.
Howard of Rising, L.
Howarth of Newport, L.
Howe, E.
Howe of Aberavon, L.
Howe of Idlicote, B.
Howell of Guildford, L.
Howells of St. Davids, B.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Chesterton, L.
Hunt of Kings Heath, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Hylton, L.
Imbert, L.
Inge, L.
Inglewood, L.
Irvine of Lairg, L.
James of Blackheath, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jay of Ewelme, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Jones of Cheltenham, L.
Jones of Whitchurch, B.
Jopling, L.
Jordan, L.
Judd, L.
Kennedy of The Shaws, B.
Kilclooney, L.
King of Bridgwater, L.
King of West Bromwich, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kinnock, L.
Kirkhill, L.
Kirkwood of Kirkhope, L.
Knight of Collingtree, B.
Laird, L.
Lamont of Lerwick, L.
Lang of Monkton, L.
Lawson of Blaby, L.
Lee of Trafford, L.
Lewis of Newnham, L.
Lipsey, L.
Livsey of Talgarth, L.
Lockwood, B.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Low of Dalston, L.
Lucas, L.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
Lyell of Markyate, L.
MacGregor of Pulham Market, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
McIntosh of Hudnall, B.
Mackay of Drumadoon, L.
MacKenzie of Culkein, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
McKenzie of Luton, L.
Mackie of Benshie, L.
MacLaurin of Knebworth, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Malloch-Brown, L.
Mancroft, L.
Mar, C.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Marland, L.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Massey of Darwen, B.
Mawson, L.
Maxton, L.
May of Oxford, L.
Meacher, B.
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Mitchell, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monson, L.
Montgomery of Alamein, V.
Montrose, D.
Moonie, L.
Morgan, L.
Morgan of Huyton, B.
Morris of Aberavon, L.
Morris of Bolton, B.
Morris of Handsworth, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Moser, L.
Murphy, B.
Naseby, L.
Neuberger, B.
Neville-Jones, B.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Nicholson of Winterbourne, B.
Noakes, B.
Northbrook, L.
Northesk, E.
Northover, B.
Norton of Louth, L.
Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, L.
O’Cathain, B.
O’Neill of Clackmannan, L.
Onslow, E.
Ouseley, L.
Oxburgh, L.

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Palmer, L.
Parekh, L.
Patel of Blackburn, L.
Patten, L.
Paul, L.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Pendry, L.
Perry of Southwark, B.
Peston, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Plumb, L.
Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.
Prosser, B.
Prys-Davies, L.
Puttnam, L.
Quin, B.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Ramsbotham, L.
Rawlings, B.
Razzall, L.
Rea, L.
Reay, L.
Redesdale, L.
Rees of Ludlow, L.
Rees-Mogg, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Rennard, L.
Richard, L.
Richardson of Calow, B.
Ripon and Leeds, Bp.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Roberts of Llandudno, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rogan, L.
Roper, L.
Rosslyn, E.
Rowlands, L.
Royall of Blaisdon, B.
Russell-Johnston, L.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
St. John of Bletso, L.
St John of Fawsley, L.
Saltoun of Abernethy, Ly.
Sandberg, L.
Sandwich, E.
Sawyer, L.
Scott of Needham Market, B.
Seccombe, B.
Selborne, E.
Selsdon, L.
Sewel, L.
Sharp of Guildford, B.
Shaw of Northstead, L.
Sheikh, L.
Sheldon, L.
Shephard of Northwold, B.
Shutt of Greetland, L.
Simon, V.
Skelmersdale, L.
Skidelsky, L.
Slim, V.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Smith of Finsbury, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Snape, L.
Soley, L.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Steel of Aikwood, L.
Stern of Brentford, L.
Stewartby, L.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strathclyde, L.
Sutherland of Houndwood, L.
Swinfen, L.
Tanlaw, L.
Taverne, L.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Taylor of Bolton, B.
Taylor of Holbeach, L.
Temple-Morris, L.
Teverson, L.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Swynnerton, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thornton, B.
Tomlinson, L.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Trenchard, V.
Trumpington, B.
Truscott, L.
Tunnicliffe, L.
Turnberg, L.
Turner of Camden, B.
Tyler, L.
Uddin, B.
Ullswater, V.
Vadera, B.
Verma, B.
Waddington, L.
Wakeham, L.
Wall of New Barnet, B.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walmsley, B.
Walpole, L.
Walton of Detchant, L.
Warner, L.
Warnock, B.
Warsi, B.
Watson of Invergowrie, L.
Watson of Richmond, L.
Waverley, V.
Wedderburn of Charlton, L.
Whitaker, B.
Whitty, L.
Williams of Crosby, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williamson of Horton, L.
Windlesham, L.
Winston, L.
Woolf, L.
Wright of Richmond, L.
Young of Norwood Green, L.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Chester.

Public Business

1    International development: gender inequality A question was asked by Baroness Northover and answered by Baroness Ashton of Upholland.

2    Women: domestic violence A question was asked by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer and answered by Baroness Thornton.

3    Afghanistan: women in government A question was asked by Baroness Williams of Crosby and answered by Lord Malloch-Brown.

4    Alcohol: young people A question was asked by Lord De Mauley and answered by Lord Davies of Oldham.

5    Business of the House The Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) moved that the debate on the motion in the name of Baroness Gould of Potternewton set down for today be limited to 5 hours. The motion was agreed to.

6    Crown Agents Holding and Realisation Board (Prescribed Day) Order 2008

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Code of Practice) Order 2008

Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Code of Practice) Order 2008

Serious Crime Act 2007 (Amendment of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002) Order 2008

Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Amendment) Order 2008

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Local Involvement Networks (Duty of Services-Providers to Allow Entry) Regulations 2008

Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2008

Occupational Pension Schemes (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2008

Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2008

Rail Vehicle Accessibility (B2007 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2008

Offender Management Act 2007 (Consequential Amendments) 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    House Committee The Chairman of Committees moved that the 3rd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 45) be agreed to. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

8    Women: Government policy (5-hour debate) Baroness Gould of Potternewton moved for papers relating to the impact of Government policy on the lives of women and girls, and their priorities for the future. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

9    Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2008 Lord Davies of Oldham moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 6 February be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

10    Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2008 Lord Davies of Oldham moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 6 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

11    Child Benefit Up-rating Order 2008 Lord Davies of Oldham moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 6 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

12    Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 Lord Davies of Oldham moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 6 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 5.10pm until Monday 10 March at 2.30pm.

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 2.00pm.

Motorsport A question was asked by Lord Astor of Hever and, after debate, answered by Baroness Vadera.

Energy: renewables A question was asked by Lord Beaumont of Whitley and, after debate, answered by Baroness Vadera.

Transport: rail and air travel A question was asked by Lord Teverson and, after debate, answered by Lord Bassam of Brighton.

Arts and healthcare A question was asked by Lord Howarth of Newport and, after debate, answered by Baroness Thornton.

The Committee adjourned at 6.01pm.

Papers

All statutory instruments laid before the House are accompanied by an Explanatory Memorandum presented by command of Her Majesty, unless otherwise indicated.

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Command Paper

The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

Health—Government Response to the First Report of the House of Commons Health Committee on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.     (7331)

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution:

1    Draft Bedfordshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008, laid under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

2    Draft Sex Discrimination (Amendment of Legislation) Regulations 2008, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1    (1)    Medical Devices (Fees Amendments) Regulations 2008     (530)

      (2)    Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2008     (573)

      (3)    Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) (Amendment) Regulations 2008     (583)

      (4)    Rice Products from the United States of America (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (England) Regulations 2008     (622)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

2    Education (Pupil Exclusions and Appeals) (Pupil Referral Units) (England) Regulations 2008, laid under the Education Act 2002.     (532)

3    Housing (Right to Buy) (Service Charges) (Amendment) (England) Order 2008, laid under the Housing Act 1985.     (533)

4    National Health Service (Dental Charges) Amendment Regulations 2008, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.     (547)

5    Medicines for Human Use (Prohibition) (Senecio and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2008, laid under the Medicines Act 1968.     (548)

6    National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Amendment Regulations 2008, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977.     (553)

7    Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority (Increase in Number of Members) Order 2008, laid under the Local Government Act 1985.     (566)

8    Home Information Pack (Amendment) Regulations 2008, laid under the Housing Act 2004.     (572)

9    Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 and Serious Crime Act 2007 (Consequential and Supplementary Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Order 2008, laid under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.     (574)

10    Street Works (Inspection Fees) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008, laid under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.     (589)

11    Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008, laid under the Tax Credits Act 2002.     (604)

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12    Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2008, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.     (607)

13    Discharge of Fines by Unpaid Work (Pilot Schemes) (Amendment) Order 2008, laid under the Courts Act 2003.     (621)

Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report by the Chairman of Committees and the Chairman of Ways and Means in the House of Commons on the Aberdeen City Council Draft Provisional Order 2007, laid under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936.

Judicial Business

1    Appeal Committee The following Order was made pursuant to the 34th Report:

R v P (Petitioner) That leave to appeal be refused.

2    Appeal Committee The 40th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made:

Mucelli (Petitioner) v Government of Albania (Respondents) That leave to appeal be refused.

Bank of Nova Scotia and others (Respondents) and others v Koo Golden East Mongolia (a body corporate) (Petitioners) That the petition be referred for hearing.