House of Lords Journal 241 (Session 2007-08)
Membership of the House
Minutes and Order Papers
Thursday 26 June 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 Exeter.
1 Barony of Hamilton of Dalzell in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Lord Chancellor reported that Gavin Goulburn Hamilton had established his succession to the Barony of Hamilton of Dalzell in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The Clerk of the Parliaments was accordingly directed to enter Lord Hamilton of Dalzell on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).
2 Agriculture: bluetongue A question was asked by Lord Livsey of Talgarth and answered by Lord Rooker.
3 Food Standards Agency A question was asked by the Countess of Mar and answered by Baroness Thornton.
4 Economy: Office for Economic Cooperation and Development report A question was asked by Lord Roberts of Conwy and answered by Lord Davies of Oldham.
5 Surveillance cameras A question was asked by Lord Geddes and answered by Lord Bassam of Brighton.
6 Planning Bill A bill to establish the Infrastructure Planning Commission and make provision about its functions; to make provision about, and about matters ancillary to, the authorisation of projects for the development of nationally significant infrastructure; to make provision about town and country planning; to make provision about the imposition of a Community Infrastructure Levy; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 69)
7 Planning Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 69-EN)
8 Business of the House The Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) moved that the debate on the motion in the name of Lord Luce set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that in the name of Lord Ramsbotham to 2½ hours. The motion was agreed to.
9 National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2008
Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumers Home or Place of Work etc. Regulations 2008
Companies (Reduction of Share Capital) Order 2008
Small Limited Liability Partnerships (Accounts) Regulations 2008
Large and Medium-sized Limited Liability Partnerships (Accounts) Regulations 2008
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Limited Liability Partnerships (Accounts and Audit) (Application of Companies Act 2006) Regulations 2008
Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2008
London Waste and Recycling Board Order 2008
The Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) moved that the draft statutory instruments be referred to a Grand Committee en bloc. The motion was agreed to.
10 Higher education (3-hour debate) Lord Luce moved for papers relating to the future direction of higher education. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.
11 Equality Bill Baroness Andrews repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.
12 Criminal justice: witness anonymity Lord Hunt of Kings Heath repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.
13 Prisons (2½-hour debate) Lord Ramsbotham moved for papers relating to the case for a Royal Commission on the state of prisons. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.
14 Crossrail Bill The bill was reported from the Grand Committee with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 70)
15 Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] The bill was considered in Committee. Amendments were agreed to. The bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 71)
The House adjourned at 6.59pm until 2.30pm on Monday 30 June.
Grand Committee Business
The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.45pm.
Crossrail Bill The Grand Committee considered the bill on re-commitment. Amendments were agreed to. Clauses were disagreed to. It was ordered that the bill be reported with amendments.
The Committee adjourned at 4.47pm.
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:
1 Equality BillReport of the Government Equalities Office on the proposed Equality Bill. (7431)
2 DebtAgreement between the United Kingdom and Jordan concerning the Early Repayment of Certain Debt Obligations of Jordan. (7433)
3 Departmental Performance
(1) Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Office of Rail Regulation. ()
(2) Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Chief Constable of the Police Service for Northern Ireland. ()
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4 Contingent LiabilityMinute of the Department for Children, School and Families concerning a contingent liability arising out of a school within a PFI contract becoming an Academy. ()
Legislative Reform Order
The following second-stage draft super-affirmative order was laid before the House under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 and referred to the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee:
Draft Legislative Reform (Local Authority Consent Requirements) (England and Wales) Order 2008, laid under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006.
The following instruments were laid before the House:
1 Education (Student Support) (No. 2) Regulations 2008, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998. (1582)
2 (1) Education (Assisted Places) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008 (1593)
(2) Education (Assisted Places) (Incidental Expenses) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2008 (1594)
laid under the Education (Schools) Act 1997.
3 Home Loss Payments (Prescribed Amounts) (England) Regulations 2008, laid under the Land Compensation Act 1973. (1598)
4 Social Security (Students and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2008, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992. (1599)
5 Coroners (Amendment) Rules 2008, laid under the Coroners Act 1988. (1652)
6 Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2008, laid under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. (1653)
7 Magnetic Toys (Safety) Regulations 2008, laid under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. (1654)
Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings
The following papers were laid before the House:
1 Accounts for 2007-08 of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.
2 Accounts relating to issues from the National Loans Fund 2005-06, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under various Acts.
3 Accounts for 2007-08 of the Health Protection Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Health Protection Agency Act 2004.
4 Accounts for 2007-08 of the Office of Communications Licence Fees and Penalties, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Communications Act 2003.
5 Report for 2007-08 on the Operation of the Industrial Development Act 1982, laid under that Act.
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6 Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of Ofcom, laid under the Office of Communications Act 2002.
7 Report for 2007-08 of Ofwat (The Water Services Regulation Authority), laid under the Water Industry Act 1991.
8 Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive, laid under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
9 Report for 2007-08 of the Appointed Person for England and Wales and Northern Ireland, concerning the exercise of powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, laid under that Act.
10 Report of Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland on an inspection of Community Restorative Justice Northern Ireland, laid under the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002.
1 R (on the application of Black) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for Justice (Appellant) (England) The appeal of the Secretary of State for Justice was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 6 October (lodged 25 June).
2 Appeal Committee The 87th Report from the Appeal Committee was made; the Appeal Committee reported that they had met and had heard Counsel; the report was agreed to and the following Order was made:
Masri (Respondent) v Consolidated Contractors International (UK) Limited and others (Appellants) That the petition that the appeal be dismissed failing certain conditions be allowed; that by 4pm on Friday 11 July the appellants do pay or cause to be paid into an account nominated by the respondent the sum of US$57,315,114.98, the details of the said account to be notified to the appellants by 4pm on Tuesday 1 July; that by 4pm on Friday 11 July the appellants do pay or cause to be paid into an account in the joint names of the parties agents the sum of US$6,332,978.89 or provide for that sum to be secured by guarantee of a first-class bank as further security for costs; and that in the event that the above conditions are not complied with the appeal be struck out and the appellants do pay or cause to be paid to the respondent his costs of the appeal to this House, the amount of such costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.