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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 14° Junii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.

1. Royal Assent—The Lord Chancellor notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

Financial Services and Markets Actc.8
Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation Actc.vi

Judicial Business

2. Barings plc and others v. Coopers & Lybrand and others (Petitioners) and others and one other action—The petition of Chaly Chee Kheong Mah and Po’ad Bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar (in the first action) and Po’ad Bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar, Cheng Ai Phing, Chaly Chee Kheong Mah, Alan Rupert Nisbet, Ajit Chandrashekar Prabhu, Kaka Singh, Wee Aik Guan, Dinyar Bobb Framjee, Cheng Pet Hian, Kan Yawkiong and Don Ho Mun-Tuke (in the other action) praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 5th June).

3. Regina v. Leicester City Council and others (Respondents) ex parte PowerGen UK plc (Petitioners)—The petition of PowerGen UK plc praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

4. Regina v. Housing Benefit Review Board of the City of Westminster (Appellants) ex parte Mehanne (A.P.) (Respondent)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

5. 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 1st August next or to the third sitting day after the next ensuing meeting of the House (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

6. Twinsectra Limited (Respondents) v. Yardley and others (Appellants) (First Appeal)—

7. 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 5th July next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

Papers

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

    Minority Languages—European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, together with an explanatory memorandum.      (4750)

9. Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Draft Attorney General’s Salary Order 2000.

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

    Reports for 1999-2000 of the Health Commissioner—

      (i) 2nd Report: Part I;

      (ii) 2nd Report: Part II;

      (iii) 3rd Report;

    laid under the Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Act 1996.

Select Committee Reports

11. Delegated Powers and Deregulation—The following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

    20th Report, on the Transport Bill; (HL Paper 77)

    21st Report, on the following bills:

      Royal Parks (Trading) Bill ;

      Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill ;

      Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill ;

      Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) Bill [HL];

      Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill;

      Licensing (Young Persons) Bill;

      Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—Government response. (HL Paper 78)

12. Science and Technology—It was ordered that the evidence taken by Sub-Committee I (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) on 11th April be printed. (HL Paper 48-ix)

Public Business

13. Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—A bill to establish a National Probation Service for England and Wales and a Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; to make further provision for the protection of children; to make further provision about dealing with persons suspected of, charged with or convicted of offences; to amend the law relating to access to information held under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1988; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 83)

14. Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 83-EN)

15. 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 Baker of Dorking set down for today shall be limited to 5 hours; the motion was agreed to.

16. Higher education (5-hour debate)—It was moved by the Lord Baker of Dorking that there be laid before the House papers relating to the state of higher education in the United Kingdom; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

17. Horserace Totalisator Board Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Viscount Astor that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

18. Northern Ireland (Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism Provisions) (Continuance) Order 2000—It was moved by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton that the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd May be approved; the motion was agreed to.

19. Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000—It was moved by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10th May be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at twenty-five minutes before ten o’clock

till tomorrow, two o’clock for judicial business,

three o’clock for public business.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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