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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 3° Maii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bradford.

1. Lord Brennan—Daniel Joseph Brennan Esquire, QC, having been created Baron Brennan, of Bibury in the County of Gloucestershire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 2nd May 2000, was introduced between the Lord Williams of Mostyn and the Baroness Scotland of Asthal, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2. Baroness Cohen of Pimlico—Janet Cohen, having been created Baroness Cohen of Pimlico, of Pimlico in the City of Westminster, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 3rd May 2000, was introduced between the Lord Paul and the Baroness Goudie, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

3. Khodaparast (Respondent) v. Shad (Petitioner)—The petition of Mohamed Reza Farokh Shad praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 22nd December 1999).

4. Donohue (Respondent) v. Armco Inc and others (Petitioners)—The petition of Armco Inc, Armco Financial Services Corporation, Armco Financial Services International Limited, Armco Pacific Limited and Northwestern National Insurance Company praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 7th April).

5. Regina v. Kular (Petitioner)—The petition of Mohan Singh Kular praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 28th April).

6. 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 14th June next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

7. Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 39th Report:

    Hallam and another (Petitioners) v. Cheltenham Borough Council and others (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 17th May next.

Papers

8. Command Paper—The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Science and Technology—Government Response to the 3rd Report of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on Diabetes and Driving.      (4723)

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

    1. Draft Companies Act 1985 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2000;

    2. Draft Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000.

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

    1. Conditional Access (Unauthorised Decoders) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (1175)

    2. (i)      Football Spectators (Corresponding Offences in the Netherlands) Order 2000—      (1109)

      (ii) Football Spectators (Corresponding Offences in Belgium) Order 2000—      (1108)

    laid under the Football Spectators Act 1989;

    3. Patents (Convention Countries) (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Patents Act 1977;      (1114)

    4. Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (British Wool Marketing Board) Order 2000, laid under the Scotland Act 1998.      (1113)

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

    Accounts for 1998-99 relating to issues from the National Loans Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under various Acts.

Select Committee Report

12. Delegated Powers and Deregulation—The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

    14th Report, on the Freedom of Information Bill. (HL Paper 60)

Public Business

13. Essential local services—It was moved by the Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank that there be laid before the House papers relating to the provision of essential services to communities in particular need, including banking, post office facilities, transport and health; the House was adjourned during pleasure; the House was resumed; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

14. Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) Bill [HL]—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with an amendment; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 59)

15. Environmentally friendly fuels for vehicles—The Lord Dubs asked Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the use of vehicles powered by environmentally friendly fuels; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Whitty.

The House was adjourned at eighteen minutes before ten o’clock

till tomorrow, three o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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