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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 28° Martii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bradford.

Judicial Business

1. National Westminster Bank plc (Respondents) v. Amin (executrix of the estate of Mohammed Amin) and another (A.P.) (Appellant) (England)—The appeal of Rashida Amin was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 9th May next.

2. Islam and another (A.P.) (Appellants) and another v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division)—The appeal of Kamrul Islam and Mohammed Hoque was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.

3. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Respondent) v. Deverell and another (Petitioner) and others—The petition of Peter Hopkins praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 20th February).

4. Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (Petitioner) v. Khan (Respondent)—The petition of the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 23rd March).

5. Storer (Respondent) v. BG plc (formerly British Gas plc) (Petitioners)—The petition of BG Transco plc praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 24th March).

6. Regina v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue (Respondents) ex parte Tamosius & Partners (a firm) (Petitioners)—The petition of Tamosius & Partners praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 17th November 1999).

7. Regina v. Dimsey (Petitioner)—The petition of Dermot Jeremy Dimsey praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 25th October 1999).

8. Horvath (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Intervener)—The petition of the Refugee Legal Centre was presented praying that they might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal (the agents for the appellant and the respondent consenting thereto) and referred to an Appeal Committee.

9. Phillips (Liquidator of A J Bekhor & Company) and another (Respondents) v. Brewin Dolphin Bell Lawrie Limited (Formerly Brewin Dolphin & Company Limited) (Appellants) and another—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee (lodged 27th March).

10. Regina v. Forbes (Appellant) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

11. Regina v. Housing Benefit Review Board of the City of Westminster (Appellants) ex parte Mehanne (A.P.) (Respondent)—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 3rd May next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 21st March).

12. Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland (Respondents) v. Bennett and another (A.P.) (Appellant)—The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 8th May next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 24th March).

13. Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Respondents) v. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Appellants)—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 11th April next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

14. Optident Limited and another (Appellants) v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and another (Respondents)—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 10th May next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

Papers

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

    1. Draft Charities (Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society) Order 2000, laid under the Charities Act 1993;      (—)

    2. Motor Vehicles (EC Type Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.      (869)

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

    1. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, together with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Health and Social Services and Social Security Adjudications Act 1983;

    2. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Local Government Etc. (Scotland) Act 1994;

    3. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995.

Select Committee Reports

17. Science and Technology—It was ordered that the written evidence on Complementary and Alternative Medicine received up to 1st February be printed. (HL Paper 48)

18. Consolidation Bills—The First Report from the Joint Committee, being a report on the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL], was made and ordered to be printed (together with the minutes of proceedings and the minutes of evidence). (HL Paper 51 - I and II)

19. Statutory Instruments—The 14th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2000;

      Draft Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000;

      Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2000;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 50)

Public Business

20. Census (Amendment) Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Weatherill that the proceedings of Tuesday 14th March be vacated; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

21. Census (Amendment) Bill [HL]—The bill was read a third time; a privilege amendment was agreed to; then the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.

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

23. Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL]—The bill was reported from the Joint Committee with amendments and re-committed to a Committee of the whole House; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 51)

24. Bank of England and foreign exchange markets—The Lord Blackwell asked Her Majesty’s Government what policy criteria they would apply before directing the Bank of England to intervene in foreign exchange markets, and what are the criteria and the budget provision under which the Bank of England may use its discretionary power to intervene in foreign exchange markets; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

25. Care Standards Bill [HL]—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 52)

The House was adjourned at ten minutes before midnight

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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