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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 10° Maii 2000

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

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

1. Baroness Northover—Lindsay Patricia Granshaw, having been created Baroness Northover, of Cissbury in the County of West Sussex, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 1st May 2000, was introduced between the Baroness Williams of Crosby and the Lord McNally, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

2. Lord Layard—Peter Richard Grenville Layard, Esquire, having been created Baron Layard, of Highgate in the Borough of Haringey, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 3rd May 2000, was introduced between the Baroness Blackstone and the Lord Hollick, 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. Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Appellants) (First Appeal)—

4. Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Appellants) (Second Appeal)—

    (Conjoined Appeals)—

    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 17th May next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 2nd May).

5. Amoco (U.K.) Exploration Company (a company incorporated in Delaware, USA) and others (Appellants) v. Teesside Gas Transportation Limited (Respondents)—

6. Amoco (U.K.) Exploration Company (a company incorporated in Delaware, USA) and others (Appellants) v. Imperial Chemical Industries plc and others (Respondents)—

    (Consolidated Appeals)—

    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 22nd June next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

7. Appeal Committee—The 43rd Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Lubbe (suing as administrator of the estate of Rachel Jacoba Lubbe) and others (Appellants) v. Cape plc (Respondents) and 10 other actions—

    Lubbe and others (Respondents) v. Cape Industries plc (Appellants)—

    (Consolidated Appeals)—

    That the petition of the Republic of South Africa that they might intervene by way of written submissions in the said appeal be allowed.

8. Appeal Committee—The 44th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Berezovsky (Respondent) v. Michaels and others (Appellants)—

    Glouchkov (Respondent) v. Michaels and others (Appellants)—

    (Consolidated Appeals)—

    That the petition of the appellants to adduce further evidence be refused.

Papers

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

    1. Museums and Galleries—Financial Statements for 1998-99 of the Museum of London, together with the Auditors and Governors Reports;      (—)

    2. Northern Ireland Agreement—

      (i) Agreement between the United Kingdom and Ireland establishing Implementation Bodies;      (4706)

      (ii) Agreement between the United Kingdom and Ireland.      (4705)

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

    1. Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) (No. 2) Order 2000;

    2. Draft Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000.

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

    1. (i)      Crab Claws (Prohibition of Landing) (Revocation) Order 2000—      (1235)

      (ii) Undersized Whiting (Revocation) Order 2000—      (1234)

    laid under the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967;

    2. Pneumoconiosis, etc., (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, laid under the laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000.      (—)

12. 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 1997-98 of the Horticultural Development Council, laid under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947;

    2. Statement of Guarantee given by the Secretary of State for Health in respect of temporary borrowing by the Essex Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust, laid under the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990.

Public Business

13. Carers and Disabled Children Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 62-EN)

14. House of Lords (5-hour debate)—It was moved by the Lord Peston that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for a review of the workings of the House of Lords in the twenty-first century; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

15. Registration of Lords’ Interests—It was moved by the Lord Rees-Mogg that the House asserts its responsibility for the conduct of its own affairs and that the Sub-Committee of the Committee for Privileges should investigate the effectiveness of the House of Lords’ Register of Interests; then it was moved by the Lord Archer of Sandwell, as an amendment thereto, to leave out from “House” to the end and insert “welcomes the enquiry into Standards of Conduct in the House of Lords by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, and asserts the House’s ultimate responsibility for the conduct of its own affairs.”; after debate, the amendment was agreed to (see division list); then the original motion (as amended) was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at two minutes before midnight

till tomorrow, ten o’clock for judicial business,

three o’clock for public business.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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