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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 7° Februarii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Lichfield.

Judicial Business

1. Kapur (Petitioner) v. J W Francis & Co (Respondents) and another—The petition of Ramesh Kumar Kapur praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 18th June 1999).

2. Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Appellants) (First Appeal)—The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 22nd March next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

3. Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Appellants) (Second Appeal)—The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 22nd March next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

4. Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 15th Report—

    Lubbe (suing as administrator of the estate of Rachel Jacoba Lubbe) and others (Petitioners) v. Cape plc (Respondents) and 10 other actions—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 21st February next.

5. Appeal Committee—The 21st Report was made; the Appeal Committee reported that they had met and had heard Counsel; the report was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    Amoco (U.K.) Exploration Company (a company incorporated in Delaware, USA) and others (Petitioners) v. Teesside Gas Transportation Limited (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 17th February next.

    Amoco (U.K.) Exploration Company (a company incorporated in Delaware, USA) and others (Petitioners) v. Imperial Chemical Industries plc and others (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 17th February next.

    Optident Limited and another (Petitioners) v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and another (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 17th February next.

    Regina v. Secretary of State for Health and others (Respondents) ex parte Imperial Tobacco Limited and others (Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be given; that the petition of appeal be lodged by 17th February next; and that execution of the Order of the Court of Appeal of 16th December last (so far as it discharged the Order of Mr Justice Turner of 29th October last) be stayed until further Order.

Papers

6. Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Food—1999 Food Aid Convention, together with an explanatory memorandum; (4th February)      (4591)

    2. Gas—

      (i) Agreement between the United Kingdom and Norway relating to the Exploitation of the Frigg Field Reservoir and the Transmission of Gas therefrom to the United Kingdom, together with an explanatory memorandum; (4th February)      (4581)

      (ii) Framework Agreement between the United Kingdom and Norway relating to the Laying, Operation and Jurisdiction of Inter-Connecting Submarine Pipelines, together with an explanatory memorandum; (4th February)      (4580)

    3. Museums and Galleries—Report and Financial Statements for 1998-99 of the Greater Manchester Museum of Science and Industry Trust. (7th February)      (—)

7. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)—The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 4th February, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Major Precepting Authorities (Excessive Budget Requirements-Payments) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Local Government Act 1999;      (214)

    2. Local Authorities (Alteration of Requisite Calculations) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992;      (213)

    3. Agriculture (Closure of Grant Schemes) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.      (205)

8. Negative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Data Protection Tribunal (Enforcement Appeals) Rules 2000—      (189)

      (i) Data Protection (Notification and Notification Fees) Regulations 2000—      (188)

      (ii) Data Protection (International Co-operation) Order 2000—      (190)

      (iii) Data Protection (Conditions under Paragraph 3 of Part II of Schedule 1) Order 2000—      (185)

      (iv) Data Protection (Functions of Designated Authority) Order 2000—      (186)

      (v) Data Protection (Subject Access) (Fees and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2000—      (191)

      (vi) Data Protection (Corporate Finance Exemption) Order 2000—      (184)

      (vii) Data Protection (Fees under section 19(7)) Regulations 2000—      (187)

    laid under the Data Protection Act 1998;

    2. Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.      (192)

9. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Report for 1999 on the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967, laid under the Sea Fisheries Act 1967;

    2. Chapters A, B and D of the Draft Statutory Guidance on Contaminated Land, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

    3. Accounts of the Pooling of Non-Domestic Rates and Redistribution to Local Authorities in England for:

      (i) 1997-98—

      (ii) 1998-99—

    together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988;

    4. Account of Receipts and Payments for 1998-99 of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise in Account with the Government of the Isle of Man, laid under the Isle of Man Act 1979.

Select Committee Report

10. Liaison—The First Report from the Select Committee was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 27)

Private Business

11. Colchester Borough Council Bill [HL]—The following petitions praying to be heard against the bill were deposited:

Petition No.

Petitioners

Agent

1.

P.B. Forestry Lands Limited

Macfarlanes

2.

The Open Spaces Society

Mr. Bernard Selwyn

Public Business

12. Local Government Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was agreed to (see division list); 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 30)

13. National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2000—It was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton that the draft Order laid before the House on 20th January be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

14. Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000—It was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton that the draft Order laid before the House on 11th January be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

15. Data Protection (Crown Appointments) Order 2000—

16. Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) Order 2000—

17. Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000—

18. Data Protection (Miscellaneous Subject Access Exemptions) Order 2000—

19. Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) Order 2000—

20. Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Education) Order 2000—

21. Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Health) Order 2000—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that the draft Orders laid before the House on 24th January be approved en bloc; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at four minutes past ten o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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