House of Lords Journal 241 (Session 2007-08)


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Monday 21 July 2008

The House met at 2.30pm.

The following Lords Spiritual and Temporal were present:

Hayman, B. (Lord Speaker)

Acton, L.
Adams of Craigielea, B.
Addington, L.
Adonis, L.
Ahmed, L.
Alderdice, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alli, L.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Ampthill, L.
Anderson of Swansea, L.
Andrews, B.
Anelay of St Johns, B.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Arran, E.
Ashcroft, L.
Ashdown of Norton-sub-
Hamdon, L.
Ashley of Stoke, L.
Ashton of Upholland, B.
Astor, V.
Astor of Hever, L.
Attlee, E.
Avebury, L.
Bach, L.
Baker of Dorking, L.
Baldwin of Bewdley, E.
Barker, B.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Bates, L.
Berkeley, L.
Best, L.
Bew, L.
Bhattacharyya, L.
Bilimoria, L.
Billingham, B.
Bilston, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blaker, L.
Bledisloe, V.
Blood, B.
Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, B.
Boothroyd, B.
Borrie, L.
Boston of Faversham, L.
Bottomley of Nettlestone, B.
Bowness, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Bradley, L.
Bradshaw, L.
Bragg, L.
Bramall, L.
Brett, L.
Bridgeman, V.
Broers, L.
Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.
Brookman, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Browne of Belmont, L.
Burnett, L.
Buscombe, B.
Butler-Sloss, B.
Caithness, E.
Cameron of Dillington, L.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Campbell of Surbiton, B.
Campbell-Savours, L.
Carnegy of Lour, B.
Carter of Coles, L.
Cathcart, E.
Chalker of Wallasey, B.
Chapman, B.
Chorley, L.
Christopher, L.
Clark of Windermere, L.
Clarke of Hampstead, L.
Clement-Jones, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Cobbold, L.
Colville of Culross, V.
Colwyn, L.
Condon, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Corbett of Castle Vale, L.
Corston, B.
Cotter, L.
Courtown, E.
Craig of Radley, L.
Craigavon, V.
Crickhowell, L.
Crisp, L.
Cunningham of Felling, L.
Davies of Coity, L.
Davies of Oldham, L.
De Mauley, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Denham, L.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Donoughue, L.
D’Souza, B.
Dubs, L.
Dundee, E.
Eatwell, L.
Eccles, V.
Eccles of Moulton, B.
Elder, L.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.
Elystan-Morgan, L.
Emerton, B.
Erroll, E.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Evans of Temple Guiting, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Falkender, B.
Falkland, V.
Falkner of Margravine, B.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Faulkner of Worcester, L.
Feldman, L.
Flather, B.
Ford, B.
Foster of Bishop Auckland, L.
Foulkes of Cumnock, L.
Fowler, L.
Freeman, L.
Gale, B.
Garden of Frognal, B.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Geddes, L.
Gibson of Market Rasen, B.
Giddens, L.
Gilbert, L.
Glasgow, E.
Glenarthur, L.
Glentoran, L.
Golding, B.
Goodlad, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Goschen, V.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Grantchester, L.
Greengross, B.
Greenway, L.
Griffiths of Burry Port, L.
Hameed, L.
Hamilton of Epsom, L.
Hamwee, B.
Hanham, B.
Hannay of Chiswick, L.
Hanningfield, L.
Harris of Haringey, L.
Harris of Richmond, B.
Harrison, L.
Hart of Chilton, L.
Haskel, L.
Hattersley, L.
Haworth, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Henig, B.
Higgins, L.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Hooper, B.
Howard of Rising, L.
Howarth of Breckland, B.
Howarth of Newport, L.

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Howe, E.
Howe of Aberavon, L.
Howe of Idlicote, B.
Howell of Guildford, L.
Howells of St. Davids, B.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Chesterton, L.
Hunt of Kings Heath, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Hurd of Westwell, L.
Hylton, L.
Irvine of Lairg, L.
James of Blackheath, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Janvrin, L.
Jay of Ewelme, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jenkin of Roding, L.
Jones, L.
Jones of Whitchurch, B.
Jordan, L.
Judd, L.
Kilclooney, L.
King of West Bromwich, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kingsmill, B.
Kirkwood of Kirkhope, L.
Knight of Collingtree, B.
Krebs, L.
Laird, L.
Lamont of Lerwick, L.
Lawson of Blaby, L.
Layard, L.
Lee of Trafford, L.
Leitch, L.
Lester of Herne Hill, L.
Lewis of Newnham, L.
Lincoln, Bp.
Lindsay, E.
Lipsey, L.
Livsey of Talgarth, L.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Low of Dalston, L.
Lucas, L.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McDonagh, B.
Macdonald of Tradeston, L.
Macfarlane of Bearsden, L.
MacGregor of Pulham Market, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L.
McIntosh of Hudnall, B.
Mackay of Clashfern, L.
MacKenzie of Culkein, L.
Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.
McKenzie of Luton, L.
Mackie of Benshie, L.
Maclennan of Rogart, L.
McNally, L.
Maginnis of Drumglass, L.
Mancroft, L.
Mar, C.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Massey of Darwen, B.
Mawhinney, L.
Mawson, L.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Meacher, B.
Methuen, L.
Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.
Mitchell, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monson, L.
Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Montgomery of Alamein, V.
Montrose, D.
Moonie, L.
Morgan, L.
Morgan of Drefelin, B.
Morgan of Huyton, B.
Morris of Aberavon, L.
Morris of Bolton, B.
Morris of Handsworth, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Morris of Yardley, B.
Morrow, L.
Moser, L.
Moynihan, L.
Murphy, B.
Naseby, L.
Neuberger, B.
Neville-Jones, B.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Northbrook, L.
Northesk, E.
Northover, B.
Norton of Louth, L.
O’Cathain, B.
O’Neill of Clackmannan, L.
Oppenheim-Barnes, B.
Ouseley, L.
Oxburgh, L.
Palmer, L.
Palumbo, L.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Parkinson, L.
Patel, L.
Patel of Blackburn, L.
Patel of Bradford, L.
Patten, L.
Paul, L.
Pearson of Rannoch, L.
Pendry, L.
Perry of Southwark, B.
Peston, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Plant of Highfield, L.
Prashar, B.
Prosser, B.
Prys-Davies, L.
Puttnam, L.
Quin, B.
Quinton, L.
Quirk, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Ramsbotham, L.
Rawlings, B.
Razzall, L.
Rea, L.
Redesdale, L.
Rees-Mogg, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Rennard, L.
Richard, L.
Ripon and Leeds, Bp.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Roberts of Llandudno, L.
Rogan, L.
Rooker, L.
Rosser, 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.
Sandberg, L.
Sandwich, E.
Sawyer, L.
Scotland of Asthal, B.
Scott of Needham Market, B.
Seccombe, B.
Selborne, E.
Sewel, L.
Sharp of Guildford, B.
Sharples, B.
Shaw of Northstead, L.
Sheikh, L.
Sheldon, L.
Shephard of Northwold, B.
Shutt of Greetland, L.
Simon, V.
Slynn of Hadley, L.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Smith of Finsbury, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Smith of Kelvin, L.
Snape, L.
Soley, L.
Steel of Aikwood, L.
Steinberg, L.
Stern, B.
Stewartby, L.
Stoddart of Swindon, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Strathclyde, L.
Sutherland of Houndwood, L.
Swinfen, L.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Taverne, L.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Taylor of Bolton, B.
Taylor of Holbeach, L.
Tebbit, L.
Temple-Morris, L.
Tenby, V.
Teverson, L.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thomas of Winchester, B.
Thornton, B.
Tomlinson, L.
Tonge, B.
Tope, L.
Trefgarne, L.
Trenchard, V.
Triesman, L.
Trimble, L.
Trumpington, B.
Truscott, L.
Tugendhat, L.
Tunnicliffe, L.
Tyler, L.
Uddin, B.
Ullswater, V.
Verma, B.
Vincent of Coleshill, L.
Waddington, L.
Wade of Chorlton, L.
Wakeham, L.
Wall of New Barnet, B.

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Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walmsley, B.
Walpole, L.
Walton of Detchant, L.
Warnock, B.
Warsi, B.
Warwick of Undercliffe, B.
Watson of Invergowrie, L.
Waverley, V.
Wedderburn of Charlton, L.
West of Spithead, L.
Whitaker, B.
Whitty, L.
Wilcox, B.
Wilkins, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williamson of Horton, L.
Wilson of Tillyorn, L.
Winston, L.
Woolf, L.
Young of Norwood Green, L.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds.

1Lord Stokes The Lord Speaker informed the House that Lord Stokes, a member of the House, had died on 21 July 2008.

2House of Lords Resource Accounts 2007-08 The Resource Accounts for the year 2007-08 were laid before the House and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 161)

3House of Lords Journals The 240th volume of the Journals (Session 2006-07), with an index, was laid on the Table by the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Select Committee Reports

4Science and Technology
The following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

Systematics and Taxonomy: Follow-up (5th Report, HL Paper 162)

Waste Reduction. (6th Report, HL Paper 163)

5Human Rights
The following Report from the Joint Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

A Bill of Rights for the UK? (29th Report, HL Paper 165)

Public Business

6Prisons: population A question was asked by Lord Dubs and answered by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.

7British Overseas Territories: money-laundering controls A question was asked by Lord Naseby and answered by Lord Davies of Oldham.

8Health: telehealth and telecare A question was asked by Baroness Greengross and answered by Baroness Thornton.

9Railways: Network Rail A question was asked by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock and answered by Lord Bassam of Brighton.

10Counter-Terrorism Bill Lord West of Spithead moved that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Counter-Terrorism Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

­/table˝
Clauses 1 to 20
Schedule 1
Clauses 21 to 23
Schedule 2
Clauses 24 to 42
Schedule 3
Clauses 43 to 50
Schedule 4
Clauses 51 to 66
Schedule 5
Clause 67
Schedule 6
Clauses 68 to 83
Schedule 7
Clauses 84 to 103
Schedule 8
Clauses 104 to 106.

The motion was agreed to.

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11Planning Bill Baroness Andrews moved that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Planning Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

­/table˝
Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clauses 2 to 35
Schedule 2
Clauses 36 to 109
Schedule 3
Clauses 110 to 115
Schedule 4
Clause 116
Schedule 5
Clauses 117 to 146
Schedule 6
Clauses 147 to 181
Schedule 7
Clauses 182 to 186
Schedule 8
Clauses 187 and 188
Schedule 9
Clauses 189 and 190
Schedule 10
Clause 191
Schedule 11
Clauses 192 to 221
Schedule 12
Clauses 222 and 223
Schedule 13
Clauses 224 to 227.

The motion was agreed to.

12Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigative Powers of Prosecutors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: Code of Practice) Order 2008 Baroness Scotland of Asthal moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 18 June be approved. The motion was agreed to.

13Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 2008 Lord Tunnicliffe, on behalf of Lord Rooker, moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 4 June be approved. The motion was agreed to.

14Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2008 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, on behalf of Baroness Vadera, moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 30 June be approved. The motion was agreed to.

15Immigration (Supply of Information to the Secretary of State for Immigration Purposes) Order 2008

Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Civil Penalty Code of Practice) Order 2008

Immigration (Biometric Registration) Regulations 2008

Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2008

Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2008

Lord West of Spithead moved that the draft Orders and Regulations laid before the House on 19, 11, 11, 4 and 4 June be approved en bloc. The motion was agreed to.

16Planning and Energy Bill The report was received.

17Immigration (Discharged Gurkhas) Bill [HL] The order of commitment was discharged.

18National Insurance Contributions Bill The Commons reasons were considered.

Motion A Lords amendments 1 to 4 were not insisted on.

19Education and Skills Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 177. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

20Welfare reform Lord McKenzie of Luton repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

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21Education and Skills Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 195. The House resumed after clause 71 was agreed to.

22Royal Assent The Lord Speaker (Baroness Hayman) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

Appropriation (No. 2) Actc. 8

Finance Actc. 9

Sale of Student Loans Actc. 10

Special Educational Needs (Information) Actc. 11

Statute Laws (Repeals) Actc. 12

Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Actc. 13

Health and Social Care Actc. 14

Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Actc. 15

National Insurance Contributions Actc. 16

London Local Authorities and Transport for London Actc. iii

23Health of working age population A question was asked by Lord Low of Dalston and, after debate, answered by Lord McKenzie of Luton.

24Education and Skills Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with the question that clause 72 be agreed to. Amendments were agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 80)

The House adjourned at 11.36pm until 11.00am on Tuesday 22 July.

Papers

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

Command Papers

The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

1Welfare—No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility: Government consultation document.     (7363)

2Constitutional Reform—Government response to the 3rd Report of the House of Commons Modernisation Committee on Regional Accountability.     (7376)

3Equality Bill, Draft—Government response to the consultation on the Draft Equality Bill.     (7454)

4Departmental Performance—

  (1)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Office of Fair Trading.     (—)

  (2)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of UK Trade and Investment.     (—)

  (3)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.     (—)

  (4)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Government Equalities Office.     (—)

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Affirmative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution:

Draft Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008, laid under the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1(1)Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2008     (1919)

  (2)Land Registration (Proper Office) (Amendment) Order 2008     (1921)

laid under the Land Registration Act 2002.

2Commonhold (Land Registration) (Amendment) Rules 2008, laid under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.     (1920)

3Health Service Branded Medicines (Control of Prices and Supply of Information) Regulations 2008, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.     (1938)

Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Consumer Council for Postal Services, laid under the Postal Services Act 2000.

2Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, laid under the Police Reform Act 2002.

3Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Security Industry Authority, laid under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

4Report for 2007 of the Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, laid under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

5Report of the Electoral Commission on performance standards for Electoral Registration Officers in Great Britain, laid under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

6Report and Accounts for the period 1 October 2007 to 31 March 2008 of the Office of the Public Guardian, laid under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

7Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Legal Services Commission, laid under the Access to Justice Act 1999.

8Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Parole Board for England and Wales, laid under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

9Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of Natural England, laid under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

10Accounts for 2007-08 of the Social Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

11Accounts for 2007-08 of the Wool Textile Industry (Wool Levy), together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947.

12Accounts for 2007-08 of the Insolvency Act 1986, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under that Act.

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13Accounts for 2007-08 of the Pooling of Non-Domestic Rates and Redistribution to Local Authorities in England, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988.

14Accounts for 2007-08 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.

15Accounts for 2007-08 of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Marshall Aid Commemoration Act 1953.

16(1)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

   (2)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

   (3)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Fire Service College

laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.

17Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Hearing Aid Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Hearing Aid Council Act 1968.

18Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the National Biological Standards Board, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Biological Standards Act 1975.

19Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, laid under the Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982.

20Report for 2007-08 of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland, laid under the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006.

21Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Exchange Equalisation Account, laid under the Exchange Equalisation Account Act 1979.

22Report for 2007-08 of the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, laid under the Utilities Act 2000.

23Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Gambling Commission, laid under the Gambling Act 2005.

24Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Olympic Delivery Authority, laid under the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006.

25Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the National Portrait Gallery, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992.

26(1)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Arts Council England grant-in-aid and lottery distribution

   (2)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Big Lottery Fund

   (3)Accounts for 2007-08 of the Arts Council of Wales Lottery Distribution, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

   (4)Accounts for 2007-08 of the Sports Council for Wales National Lottery Distribution, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993.

27Report for the period April 2004-March 2008 on the action taken by Government to encourage the conservation of water, laid under the Water Act 2003.

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28(1)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Environment Agency

   (2)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Environment Agency Closed Pension Fund

   (3)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Environment Agency Active Pension Fund

laid under the Environment Act 1995.

29Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Health Professions Council, laid under the Health Professions Order 2001.

30(1)Report of the Audit Commission on the Code of Data Matching Practice

    (2)Proposed changes to the Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice for local government bodies

laid under the Audit Commission Act 1998.

31Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

32(1)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Science and Technology Facilities Council

    (2)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Medical Research Council

    (3)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Economic and Social Research Council

    (4)Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Research Councils’ Pension Scheme, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965.

33Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Learning and Skills Council, laid under the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

34Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Children’s Commissioner for England, laid under the Children Act 2004.

35Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, laid under the National Lottery Act 1998.

36Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Standards Board for England, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Local Government Act 2000.

37Accounts for 2007-08 of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Chelsea Hospital Act 1876.

38Accounts for 2007-08 of the National Loans Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Loans Act 1968.

39Accounts for 2007-08 of the Funds in Court England and Wales, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Administration of Justice Act 1982.

40Report and Accounts for 2007-08 of the Coal Authority, laid under the Coal Industry Act 1994.

Judicial Business

1Birmingham City Council (Appellants) v Ali (FC) and others (FC) (Respondents) (England) The appeal of Birmingham City Council 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.

2Lexington Insurance Company (Respondents) v Wasa International Insurance Company Limited (Appellants) and one other action The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee (lodged 17 July).

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3Knowsley Housing Trust (Respondents) v White (FC) (Appellant)

4Ansell (also known as Marley) (FC) (Appellant) v London and Quadrant Housing Trust (Respondents)

(Conjoined Appeals)

The appeals were set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee (lodged 18 July).