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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Jovis 8° Junii 2000

The House met at two o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Guildford.

Judicial Business

1. Regina v. P and others (Appellants) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—The Report from the Appellate Committee was agreed to; it was ordered and adjudged that the Order of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) of 19th April last be affirmed and the appeal dismissed; that the first certified question be answered in the affirmative and the second in the negative.

2. Harris (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Bolt Burdon (a firm) (Respondents)—The petition of Elizabeth Harris praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged (lodged 5th June).

3. Aldridge (A.P.) (Petitioner) v. Edwards (Respondent)—The petition of Wendy Aldridge praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s legal aid certificate was lodged.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

Papers

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

    Pay Review Bodies—Supplement to the 29th Report of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body: Service Medical and Dental Officers.      (4566)

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

    1. Draft London Local Authorities (Charges for Stopping Up Orders) Regulations 2000;

    2. Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2000.

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

    1. (i)      Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000—      (1509)

      (ii) Processed Cereal-based Foods and Baby Foods for Infants and Young Children (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000—      (1510)

    laid under the Food Safety Act 1990;

    2. Highway Litter Clearance and Cleaning (Transfer Of Responsibility) (A13 Trunk Road) Order 2000, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990;      (1508)

    3. Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970;      (1507)

    4. (i)      Transport for London (Transitional Provisions) (Croydon Tramlink) Order 2000—      (1506)

      (ii) Greater London (Penalty Fares) (Croydon Tramlink Designation) Order 2000—      (1442)

    laid under the Greater London Authority Act 1999;

    5. (i)      Undersized Spider Crabs Order 2000—      (1502)

      (ii) Undersized Lobsters Order 2000—      (1503)

    laid under the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967;

    6. Community Legal Service (Funding) (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Access to Justice Act 1999.      (1541)

7. 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 1999-2000 of the Meteorological Office, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;

    2. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Funding Agency for Schools, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Education Act 1996;

    3. Account for 1998-99 of the Sheffield North East Education Action Zone, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Private Business

8. Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]—The bill was reported from the Unopposed Bill Committee with amendments.

Public Business

9. Utilities Bill—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Utilities Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clause 2

Schedule 2

Clauses 4 to 9

Clause 13

Clause 10

Clause 14

Clause 11

Clause 15

Clause 12

Clause 16

Clauses 17 to 28

Clause 74

Clause 85

Clauses 29 to 31

Clause 73

Clauses 32 to 39

Clauses 80 to 82

Clause 40

Clause 84

Clause 41

Clause 86

Clause 42

Clause 87

Clauses 43 to 50

Schedule 4

Clause 83

Clause 51

Schedule 5

Clause 52

Clause 88

Clause 53

Clause 89

Clause 54

Clause 90

Clause 55

Clause 91

Clause 56

Clause 92

Clause 57

Clause 93

Clause 58

Clause 94

Clause 59

Clause 95

Clause 60

Clause 96

Clauses 61 to 68

Clause 97

Clause 69

Clause 98

Clauses 70 to 72

Clause 101

Clauses 75 to 79

Clauses 99 and 100

Clause 102

Clause 3

Schedule 3

Clauses 103 to 105

Schedules 6 to 8

Clauses 106 and 107;

    the motion was agreed to.

10. Postal Services Bill—It was moved by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville that the House do now resolve itself into a Committee upon the bill; after debate, the motion was objected to; on question, tellers for the not-contents not having been appointed, the motion was agreed to pursuant to Standing Order 53; the House accordingly resolved itself into a Committee; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); the House was resumed.

11. Tobin Tax—The Lord Judd asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake an official inquiry into the practicability of an international tax on currency transfers (Tobin Tax) as a means of mobilising funds for world development; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.

12. Postal Services Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; amendment 69 was moved, objected to and on question, fewer than 30 Lords having voted (see division list 2), the question was declared not decided and the House was resumed pursuant to Standing Order 57.

The House was adjourned at twelve minutes before eleven o’clock

to Monday next, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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