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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 9° Maii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells.

1. Baroness Billingham—Angela Theodora Billingham, having been created Baroness Billingham, of Banbury in the County of Oxfordshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 2nd May 2000, was introduced between the Baroness Crawley and the Lord Bach, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2. Lord Turnberg—Sir Leslie Arnold Turnberg, Knight, having been created Baron Turnberg, of Cheadle in the County of Cheshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 4th May 2000, was introduced between the Lord Walton of Detchant and the Lord Winston, 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. Regina v. Churchill and others (Appellants) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—The appeal of Leslie John Churchill, Graham Piper and John Shutt was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.

4. Regina v. Sussex Police Authority (Petitioners) ex parte Stewart (Respondent)—The petition of the Sussex Police Authority praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

5. Equitable Life Assurance Society (Appellants) v. Hyman (Respondent)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee (lodged 8th May).

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

7. National Westminster Bank plc (Respondents) v. Amin (executrix of the estate of Mohammed Amin) 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 20th June next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

Papers

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

    Customs and Excise—Export of Goods (Control) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2000.      (—)

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

    (i) East Riding Health Authority (Change of Name) Order 2000—      (1240)

    (ii) County Durham Health Authority (Change of Name) Order 2000—      (1241)

    laid under the National Health Service Act 1977.

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

    1. Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust, laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;

    2. Report to Parliament on the Government Transitional Funding of the Big Pit Mining Museum, the National Coal Mining Museum for England and the Scottish Mining Museum, laid under the Coal Industry Act 1994.

Select Committee Reports

11. Statutory Instruments—The 18th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Greater London Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2000;

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

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

      Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2000;

      Draft National Minimum Wage (Increase in Development Rate for Young Workers) Regulations 2000;

      Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Functions) Order 2000;

      Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 63)

12. Science and Technology—It was ordered that the evidence taken by Sub-Committee I (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) on 7th March be printed. (HL Paper 48-vi)

Public Business

13. Horserace Totalisator Board Bill [HL]—A bill to make provision for the transfer of the properties, rights and liabilities of the Horserace Totalisator Board to the Secretary of State and to make provision for the Secretary of State to dispose of those properties, rights and liabilities was presented by the Viscount Astor, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 60)

14. Carers and Disabled Children Bill—A bill to make provision about the assessment of carers’ needs; to provide for services to help carers; to provide for the making of payments to carers and disabled children aged 16 or 17 in lieu of the provision of services to them; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 62)

15. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—A bill to make provision for and about the interception of communications, the acquisition and disclosure of data relating to communications, the carrying out of surveillance, the use of covert human intelligence sources and the acquisition of the means by which electronic data protected by encryption or passwords may be decrypted or accessed; to provide for the establishment of a tribunal with jurisdiction in relation to those matters, to entries on and interferences with property or with wireless telegraphy and to the carrying out of their functions by the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Headquarters; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 61)

16. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 61-EN)

17. Business of the House—It was moved by the Baroness Jay of Paddington that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Peston set down for tomorrow shall be limited to 5 hours; the motion was agreed to.

18. Financial Services and Markets Bill—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 1); further consideration on report was adjourned.

19. Clothing and textile industry—The Lord Feldman asked Her Majesty’s Government whether the state of the British clothing and textile industry is satisfactory; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

20. Financial Services and Markets Bill—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 63)

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

in the morning of Wednesday 10th May

till later the same day, half-past two o’clock in the afternoon.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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