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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 24° Julii 2000

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Manchester.

Judicial Business

1. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and another (Appellants) ex parte Spath Holme Limited (Respondents) (England)—The appeal of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Secretary of State for Wales was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 4th September next.

2. Regina v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Respondent) ex parte Eastaway (Appellant) (England)—The appeal of Nigel Antony Eastaway was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 4th September next.

3. Securum Finance Limited (Respondents) v. Ashton and another (Petitioners)—The petition of Peter John Ashton and Pauline Hilda Ashton praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 21st July).

4. Optident Limited and another (Appellants) v. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and another (Respondents)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

5. Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA (in compulsory liquidation) (Appellants) v. Ali and others (Respondents)—It was ordered that the appellants be allowed to prosecute the appeal without giving the usual security for costs as required by Standing Order.

6. Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 56th Report:

    Smith (administrator of Cosslett (Contractors) Limited) (Petitioner) v. Bridgend County Borough Council (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 7th August next.

7. Appeal Committee—The 65th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    Jones (Respondent) v. Waveney District Council (Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondent be at liberty to apply for his costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    Fernhill Mining Limited (Respondents) v. Kier Construction Limited (Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be refused.

    Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Petitioners) v. Plantiflor Limited (Respondents)—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 7th August next.

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (Respondents) v. Société Générale SA (Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    Clark (Her Majesty’s Inspector of Taxes) (Petitioner) v. Trustees of the British Telecom Pension Scheme and others (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    Phonographic Performance Limited (Petitioners) v. Candy Rock Recording Limited (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

    Collins (Petitioner) v. Brebner (Respondent)—That leave to appeal be refused.

Papers

8. Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. British Council—Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Trustees of the British Council; (21st July)      (—)

    2. Exports—Report for 1999 on Strategic Export Controls; (21st July)      (—)

    3. Trade—International Natural Rubber Agreement, 1995; (21st July)      (4802)

    4. Consular Relations—Exchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and China establishing a Consulate-General at Chongqing; (24th July)      (4804)

    5. United Nations—Convention on the Safety of United Nations Personnel; (24th July)      (4803)

    6. Employment—Return for 1999-2000 under the Aliens Employment Act 1955. (24th July)      (—)

9. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)—The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 21st July, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1. Social Security (Work-focused Interviews for Lone Parents) and Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2000, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;      (1926)

    2. Education (Outturn Statements) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;      (1974)

    3. Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Act 2000 (Prescription of Information) Order 2000, laid under the Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Act 2000.      (1955)

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

    1. Draft Royal Parks and Other Open Spaces (Park Trading) Regulations 2000, laid under the Parks Regulations (Amendment) Act 1926;      (—)

    2. European Communities (Designation) (No. 2) Order 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;      (1813)

    3. Transfer of Functions (Agriculture and Fisheries) Order 2000, laid under the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975;      (1812)

    4. Employment Relations (Offshore Employment) Order 2000, laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992;      (1828)

    5. Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations 2000, laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995;      (1970)

    6. Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1988;      (1971)

    7. Housing (Service Charge Loans) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Housing Act 1985;      (1963)

    8. Gaming Clubs (Hours and Charges) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2000, laid under the Gaming Act 1968;      (1879)

    9. Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Reviews of Sentencing) Order 2000, laid under the Criminal Justice Act 1988.      (1924)

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

    1. Report for 1999—2000 of the Post Office Users Council for Scotland, laid under the Post Office Act 1969;

    2. Report for 1999-2000 of the—

      (i) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council;

      (ii) Medical Research Council;

    laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965;

    3. (i)      Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the—

      (a) Veterinary Medicines Directorate;

      (b) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency;

      (c) Logistic Information Systems Agency;

      (d) Royal Air Force Personnel Management Agency;

      (e) HM Prison Service;

      (ii) Report and Accounts for 1997-98 of the Government Property Lawyers;

    together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921;

    4. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the—

      (i) Castle Vale Housing Action Trust;

      (ii) Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust;

      (iii) Liverpool Housing Action Trust;

    laid under the Housing Act 1988;

    5. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

    6. Accounts for 1999-2000 of Scottish Homes, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988;

    7. Account for 1999-2000 of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995;

    8. Accounts for 1999-2000 of the—

      (i) Scottish Higher Education Funding Council;

      (ii) Scottish Further Education Funding Council;

together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992;

    9. Accounts for 1999-2000 of the

      (i) Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Distribution Fund;

      (ii) Arts Council of Wales Lottery Distribution;

together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery Etc. Act 1993;

    10. Report and Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;

    11. Accounts for 1999-2000 of Scottish Enterprise, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Enterprise and New Towns (Scotland) Act 1990;

    12. Accounts for 1990-2000 prepared pursuant to the Atomic Energy Authority Act 1954, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under that Act;

    13. Report for 1999-2000 of the British Library, laid under the British Library Act 1972.

Public Business

12. Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill—A bill to enable provision to be made for the care, disposal or slaughter of animals to which proceedings under section 1 of the Protection of Animals Act 1911 relate; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 107)

13. Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill—A bill to require the Secretary of State to publish and implement a strategy for reducing fuel poverty; to require the setting of targets for the implementation of that strategy; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 108)

14. Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Carter, on behalf of the Baroness Jay of Paddington, that Standing Order 49 (Commons Bills, if not taken up in twelve sitting days, to be dropped and not to be further proceeded with except after eight days’ notice) be dispensed with to allow the second reading of the Disqualifications Bill to be taken on Thursday next; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

15. Standing Orders (Private Business)—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Standing Orders relating to Private Business be amended as follows:

Table of Fees

      Line 2, leave out “£3,500” and insert “£4,000”

      Line 3, leave out “£3,500” and insert “£4,000”

      Line 23, leave out “£3,500” and insert “£4,000”

      Line 29, leave out “£1,750” and insert “£2,000”

      Line 36, leave out “£1,750” and insert “£2,000”

      Line 41, leave out “£1.40” and insert “£1.60”;

    the motion was agreed to; it was ordered that the amendments be printed. (HL Paper 98)

16. Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill—The bill was read a third time and passed.

17. Local Government Bill [HL]—The Commons amendments were considered; an amendment to disagree with a Commons amendment but to propose an amendment in lieu was moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment to disagree with a Commons amendment was disagreed to (see division list 1) and the amendment was agreed to with amendments in lieu of the words so left out of the bill; certain Commons amendments were disagreed to; certain Commons amendments were agreed to with amendments; an amendment to a Commons amendment was moved (and by leave of the House) withdrawn and the Commons amendment was agreed to; a Commons amendment was agreed to with a consequential amendment to the bill; a further Commons amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); the remaining Commons amendments were agreed to and the privilege amendment was agreed to;

    a Committee was appointed to propose a reason for disagreement to certain Commons amendments.

    The Lords following were named of the Committee:

    Hamwee, B.

    Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.

    Whitty, L.

    The Committee reported that they had proposed the following reason in respect of Commons amendments 71 to 73:

    “Because disagreement to them is consequential on the Lords amendments proposed in lieu of the words left out of the bill by Commons amendment 10”;

    and the following reason in respect of Commons amendment 225:

    “Because it is not appropriate to extend the circumstances in which an offence will arise under the provision of the bill to which the amendment relates.”

    The report was agreed to;

    a further Committee was appointed to propose a reason for disagreement to certain other Commons amendments.

    The Lords following were named of the Committee:

    Dixon-Smith, L.

    Whitty, L.

    Young, B.

    The Committee reported that they had proposed the following reason in respect of Commons amendments 377, 378, 388, 389 and 482:

    “Because the prohibition on the promotion of homosexuality contained in section 2A of the Local Government Act 1986, as amended by clause 91 of the bill, should remain in force.”

    The report was agreed to;

    then the bill was returned to the Commons with amendments and reasons.

18. Football (Disorder) Bill—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 3); the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 109)

The House was adjourned at twelve minutes past five o’clock

in the morning of Tuesday 25th July

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

MICHAEL DAVIES

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