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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 4° Maii 1999

The House met at half-past two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Exeter.

Judicial Business

1. Regina v. Ministry of Defence (Respondents) ex parte Walker (Appellant) (England)— The appeal of Trevor Walker was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 15th June next.

2. Miah and others (Respondents) v. Khan (A.P.) (Appellant) and one other action (England)— The appeal of Muhit Khan was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 15th June next (lodged 29th April).

3. Borealis AB (formerly Borealis Petrokemi AB and Statoil Petrokemi AB) (Respondents) v. Stargas Limited and others (Respondents) and Bergesen D.Y. A/S ’Berge Sisar’ (Appellants) (England)— The appeal of Bergesen D.Y. A/S was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 15th June next.

4. Borealis AB (formerly Borealis Petrokemi AB and Statoil Petrokemi AB) (Appellants) v. Stargas Limited and others (Respondents) (England)— The appeal of Borealis AB was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 15th June next.

5. Lafarge Redland Aggregates Limited (formerly Redland Aggregates Limited) (Respondents) v. Shephard Hill Civil Engineering Limited (Appellants) (England)— The appeal of Shephard Hill Civil Engineering Limited was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 15th June next.

6. Bourns Inc (Respondents) v. Raychem Corporation and another (Petitioners)— The petition of Raychem Corporation and Latham & Watkins praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 30th April).

7. Saleslease Limited (Petitioners) v. Davis (Respondent)— The petition of Saleslease Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 30th April).

8. Halifax plc (Respondents) v. Ghadami (Petitioner)— The petition of Mohammad Reza Ghadami praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

9. Regina v. Manchester Stipendiary Magistrate and the Lord Advocate (Appellant) ex parte Granada Television Limited (Respondents) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division)— The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

10. Regina v. Ministry of Defence (Respondents) ex parte Walker (Appellant) —It was ordered that the appellant be allowed to prosecute the appeal without giving the usual security for costs as required by Standing Order.

Papers

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

    Draft Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 1999.

12. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 68)— The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 30th April, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Miscellaneous Food Additives (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990;      (1136)

    2. Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Supply, Sale and Export of Petroleum and Petroleum Products) (Penalties and Licences) Regulations 1999, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (1261)

    3. Social Landlords (Additional Purposes or Objects) (No. 2) Order 1999, laid under the Housing Act 1996.      (1206)

13. Negative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (London) (Amendment) Regulations 1999, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991.      (1205)

14. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Summarised accounts for 1997-98 for England of the—

    (i) Health Authorities;

    (ii) NHS Trusts;

    (iii) Funds Held on Trust;

    (iv) Ashworth Special Hospital Authority;

    (v) Broadmoor Special Hospital Authority;

    (vi) Dental Practice Board;

    (vii) Dental Vocational Training Authority;

    (viii) Family Health Services Appeal Authority;

    (ix) Mental Health Act Commission;

    (x) National Blood Authority;

    (xi) NHS Litigation Authority;

    (xii) NHS Supplies Authority;

    (xiii) Prescription Pricing Authority;

    (xiv) Rampton Special Hospital Authority;

    (xv) United Kingdom Transplant Support Service Authority;

    (xvi) Health Education Authority;

    (xvii) Microbiological Research Authority;

    together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Health Service Act 1997;

    2. Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company, laid under the Audit (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.

Select Committee Report

15. Statutory Instruments—The 17th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the United Mexican States) Order 1999;

      Draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 1999;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 58)

Public Business

16. Protection of Children Bill—A bill to require a list to be kept of persons considered unsuitable to work with children; to extend the power to make regulations under section 218(6) of the Education Reform Act 1988; to make further provision with respect to that list and the list kept for the purposes of such regulations; to enable the protection afforded to children to be afforded to persons suffering from mental impairment; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 51)

17. Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that Standing Order 38 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday next to allow the motion on Kosovo standing in the name of the Lord Gilbert to be taken first; the motion was agreed to.

18. Tax Credits Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to (see division lists 1 and 2); amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.

19. Business of the House—The Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 was postponed till after the Committee stage of the Tax Credits Bill.

20. Satellite developments—The Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the future international development of civil and military satellite communications and navigation systems, in particular in relation to the European Space Agency and to the Western European Union; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville.

21. Tax Credits 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 and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 52)

22. Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 1999—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 30th March be approved; the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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