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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 4° Julii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

Judicial Business

1. Kenyon-Brown (Respondent) v. Desmond Banks & Co (Appellants) (England)—The appeal of Desmond Banks & Co was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 15th August next.

2. Wilkinson (F.C.) (Petitioner) v. Chief Adjudication Officer (Respondent)—The petition of Barbara Anne Wilkinson praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s funding code certificate was lodged.

3. Di Blasi (Petitioner) v. Murri (Respondent)—The petition of Giuseppe Di Blasi praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

4. Aneco Reinsurance Underwriting Limited (in liquidation) (a body incorporated under the laws of Bermuda) (Respondents) v. Johnson & Higgins Limited (Appellants)—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 16th 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.

5. Odyssey RE (London) Limited and others (Respondents) v. OIC Run-off Limited (formerly The Orion Insurance Company plc) (Appellants)—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 28th 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. Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 53rd Report:

    Regina v. Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Respondents) ex parte Astonquest Limited (Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 18th July next.

7. Appeal Committee—The 58th Report was made; the Appeal Committee reported that they had met and had heard Counsel; the report was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    In re Registered Trade Marks Numbers 1,110,133; 1,213,807; 1,377,082; 1,377,083; 1,377,084; 1,377,085; 1,461,972; and 1,461,973 in the name of Bach Flower Remedies Limited (Petitioners) and in re an application by Healing Herbs Limited (Respondents) for a declaration of invalidity in respect thereof—That leave to appeal be refused; and that the petitioners do pay to the respondents the costs of the petition, the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    Governing Body of Clifton Middle School and others (Respondents) v. Askew (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be refused; and that the petitioner do pay to the respondents the costs of the petition, the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

Papers

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

    1. Belize—Minute dated 4th July 2000 concerning the proposed gifting of a Defender aircraft to the Belize Defence Force;      (—)

    2. Uganda—Exchanges of notes between the United Kingdom and Uganda concerning certain commercial debts—

      (i) United Kingdom/Uganda Debt Agreement No. 5 (1992);      (4745)

      (ii) United Kingdom/Uganda Debt Agreement No. 5 (1992) Amendment;      (4746)

      (iii) United Kingdom/Uganda Debt Agreement No. 7 (1998);      (4747)

    3. Intelligence Services—Report for 1999 of the Intelligence Services Commissioner;      (4777)

    4. Interception of Communications—Report for 1999 of the Interception of Communications Commissioner;      (4778)

    5. Security Service—Report for 1999 of the Security Service Commissioner.      (4779)

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

    1. Financial Services and Markets (Transitional Provisions) (Designated Date for Certain Self-Regulating Organisations) Order 2000, laid under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000;      (1734)

    2. Time Off for Public Duties Order 2000, laid under the Employment Rights Act 1996.      (1737)

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 1999-2000 of the Local Government Commission of England, laid under the Local Government Act 1992;

    2. Report for 1998-99 of the Law Society of Northern Ireland on Legal Aid in Northern Ireland, laid under the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance Northern Ireland Order 1981.

Select Committee Reports

11. Science and Technology—It was ordered that the evidence taken by Sub-Committee I (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) on 9th May be printed. (HL Paper 48-xi)

12. Delegated Powers and Deregulation—The 24th Report from the Select Committee was made on the following bills:

      Countryside and Rights of Way Bill;

      Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—Lords consideration of Commons Amendments;

      Utilities Bill—Further report on amendments;

      Postal Services Bill—Further report on an amendment for Third Reading;

      Draft Regulatory Reform Bill - Further report;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 86)

13. Statutory Instruments—The 24th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Legal Aid (Functions) Order 2000;

      Draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 2000;

      Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2000;

      Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Sheep;

      Draft National Assembly of Wales (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2000;

      Draft National Assembly of Wales (Transfer of Functions) (Variation) Order 2000;

      Draft Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2000;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 87)

Public Business

14. Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 29

Schedule 1

Clauses 30 to 47

Schedule 2

Clauses 48 to 63

Schedule 3

Clauses 64 to 80

Schedules 4 and 5

Clause 81;

    the motion was agreed to.

15. Government Resources and Accounts Bill—The report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1 and 2); it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 99)

16. Terrorism Bill—The bill was read a third time; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

17. Diabetics: fitness to drive—The Lord Harrison asked Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of driving licence regulations, which currently prevent insulin-treated diabetics from driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and many passenger carrying vehicles, will examine the merits of individual assessment of fitness to drive, taking into account the practices of other European Union States; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Whitty.

The House was adjourned at ten minutes past eight o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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