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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 28° Februarii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

Judicial Business

1. Regina v. Secretary of State for Health and others (Respondents) ex parte Imperial Tobacco Limited and others (Petitioners)—The petition of Imperial Tobacco Limited, Gallaher Limited, Rothmans (UK) Limited and British American Tobacco Investments Limited praying for leave to present an appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order I has expired (the respondents consenting thereto) was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

2. Zoan (Petitioner) v. Rouamba (Respondent)—The petition of Nigel Zoan praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 18th February).

3. Hyde Park Residence Limited (Petitioners) v. Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and others (Respondents)—The petition of Hyde Park Residence Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

4. Rank Enterprises Limited and others (Respondents) v. Gerard (Petitioner)—The petition of Jacques-Raymond Gerard praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

5. Chailease Finance Corporation (Respondents) v. Credit Agricole Indosuez (Petitioners)—The petition of Credit Agricole Indosuez praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

6. Homes and another (Petitioners) v. Smith and another (Respondents)—The petition of Deric James Homes and Brenda Victoria Homes praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

7. United Wire Limited (Respondents) v. Screen Repair Services (Scotland) Limited and another (Appellants) and others —The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee (lodged 24th February).

8. Whistler International Limited (Respondents) v. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Limited (Appellants)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

9. Amoco (U.K.) Exploration Company (a company incorporated in Delaware, USA) and others (Appellants) v. Teesside Gas Transportation Limited (Respondents)—It was ordered that the appellants be allowed to prosecute the appeal without giving the usual security for costs as required by Standing Order.

10. Amoco (U.K.) Exploration Company (a company incorporated in Delaware, USA) and others (Appellants) v. Imperial Chemical Industries plc and others (Respondents)—It was ordered that the appellants be allowed to prosecute the appeal without giving the usual security for costs as required by Standing Order.

11. Appeal Committee—The 26th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Cadogan Estates Limited (Respondents) v. McMahon (A.P.) (Appellant)—That the petition of the appellant bankrupt praying that the appeal be rendered effective be allowed and that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix to the appeal be lodged on or before 10th April next.

12. Appeal Committee—The 27th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Regina v. Secretary of State for Health and others (Respondents) ex parte Imperial Tobacco Limited and others (Petitioners)—That leave to present an appeal notwithstanding the time limited by Standing Order I has expired be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 13th March next.

Papers

13. Instruments withdrawn—The following instruments, laid before the House on the dates shown, were withdrawn:

    1. Draft African Development Bank (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999; (10th January)

    2. Draft International Development Association (Twelfth Replenishment) Order 1999; (10th January)

    3. Draft Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999; (10th January)

    4. Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999. (31st January)

14. 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. Armed Forces—Agreement on Adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, together with an explanatory memorandum; (25th February)      (4630)

    2. Headquarters Agreement—Exchange of Notes amending the Headquarters Agreement between the United Kingdom and the International Cocoa Organization; (25th February)      (4628)

    3. Human Rights—Protocol No. 6 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms concerning the Abolition of the Death Penalty; (25th February)      (4596)

    4. International Monetary Fund—Fourth Amendment to the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund. (28th February)      (—)

15. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)—The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Land Registration Rules 2000, laid under the Land Registration Act 1925; (24th February)      (429)

    2. (i)      Legal Aid in Criminal and Care Proceedings (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2000— (24th February)      (431)

      (ii) Civil Legal Aid (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2000— (25th February)      (451)

    laid under Legal Aid Act 1988;

    3. Channel Tunnel (Alcoholic Liquor and Tobacco Products) Order 2000, laid under the Channel Tunnel Act 1987; (24th February)      (426)

    4. Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Measures for the Recovery of the Stock of Cod) (Irish Sea) Order 2000, laid under the Fisheries Act 1981; (24th February)      (435)

    5. Valuation Tribunals (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988; (25th February)      (409)

    6. (i)      Community Legal Service (Costs) Regulations 2000—      (441)

      (ii) Legal Services Commission (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2000—      (442)

    laid under the Access to Justice Act 1999; (25th February)

    7. Education (Grants) (Royal Ballet School) Regulations 2000, laid under the Education Act 1996. (25th February)      (443)

16. Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 2000;

    2. Draft Funding Code;

    3. Draft Greater London Authority Elections (Expenses) Order 2000.

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

    1. Statute made by Emmanuel College, Cambridge on 18th October 1999, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923;      (—)

    2. Croydon Tramlink (Penalty Fares) Order 2000, laid under the Croydon Tramlink Act 1994;      (476)

    3. Financing of Maintained Schools (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.      (478)

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

    1. Accounts for 1998-9 of the:

      (i) Thetford Education Action Zone—

      (ii) East Brighton Education Action Zone—

    together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

    2. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Medical Research Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965;

    3. Accounts for 1998-99 of the National Insurance Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992;

    4. Account for 1998-99 of the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997;

    5. Financial Statement for 1998-99 of the United Kingdom Ecolabelling Board, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

Private Business

19. Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill—The bill was read a third time and passed.

Public Business

20. Local Government Bill [HL]—The report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); an amendment was agreed to; further consideration on report was adjourned.

21. Epilepsy—The Baroness Gould of Potternewton asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the level of health care for people with epilepsy; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Burlison.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

22. Local Government Bill [HL]—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; further consideration on report was adjourned after amendment 44.

The House was adjourned at eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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