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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 23° Februarii 2000

The House met at ten o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

Judicial Business

1. B (by his mother and next friend) (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division)—The Report from the Appellate Committee was agreed to; it was ordered and adjudged that the Order of the Divisional Court of 31st July 1998 and the conviction by the Magistrates on 17th March 1998 under section 1(1) of the Indecency with Children Act 1960 be set aside; that the respondent do pay to the appellant his costs in the Divisional Court and before this House, the amount of such last-mentioned costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties; and that the costs of the appellant in this House be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1988.

2. Rugg (suing by his father and next friend Frederick Henry Rugg) (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Marriott (Respondent)—The petition of Philip Frederick Rugg praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged.

3. Appeal Committee—The 24th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    Haji-Ioannou and others (Petitioners) v. Frangos and others (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    Aneco Reinsurance Underwriting Limited (in liquidation) (a body incorporated under the laws of Bermuda) (Respondents) v. Johnson & Higgins Limited (Petitioners)—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 8th March next.

    Regina v. Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise (Respondents) ex parte Popely and another (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be refused.

    National Westminster Bank plc (Respondents) v. Amin (executrix of the estate of Mohammed Amin) and another (A.P.) (Petitioner)—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 8th March next.

    Regina v. Department for Education and Employment (Respondents) ex parte Begbie (by her mother and litigation friend Rachel Begbie) (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    In re B (a minor) 2000—That leave to appeal be refused; that the costs of the petitioner be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid Act 1988; and that the respondent be at liberty to apply for her costs in accordance with direction 5.1(c) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    Regina v. Tuegel (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be refused.

4. Appeal Committee—The 25th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Berkeley (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Environment and others (Respondents)—That the petition of the respondents to adduce further evidence be referred for hearing.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

Papers

5. Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    North Atlantic Treaty—Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of:

      (i) Poland;      (4584)

      (ii) Hungary;      (4585)

      (iii) the Czech Republic.      (4586)

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

    Greater London Authority Elections (No. 2) Rules 2000, laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983.      (427)

Select Committee Report

7. Science and Technology—The 3rd Report from the Select Committee, Science and Society, was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed, together with the Minutes of Evidence. (HL Paper 38)

Public Business

8. Task Forces (Short debate)—It was moved by the Lord Smith of Clifton that there be laid before the House papers relating to the number and nature of Task Forces and similar bodies created since May 1997; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

9. River Thames (Short debate)—It was moved by the Lord Greenway that there be laid before the House papers relating to the future use of the River Thames for both commercial and leisure purposes; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

10. Deafblind Persons Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Ashley of Stoke that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

The House was adjourned at nineteen minutes before five o’clock

to Monday next, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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