EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (REPRESENTATION) BILL
- GOVERNMENT AMENDMENTS FOR COMMITTEE STAGE
22. We published in our 12th Report of this Session
(HL Paper 63) the Government's response (in the form of a letter
from the Lord Chancellor) to the recommendations we made in respect
of this bill contained in our 11th Report (HL Paper 55). The Government
has taken this matter forward by tabling a number of amendments
which were considered in Grand Committee on 13 March. The Lord
Chancellor's Department provided a supplementary delegated powers
memorandum to accompany the amendments. The memorandum is printed
in Annex 5 to this Report.
COURTS BILL [HL] -
GOVERNMENT AMENDMENTS FOR COMMITTEE STAGE
23. The Committee reported on this bill in our
2nd Report of this Session (HL Paper 20). The Committee has now
been invited to comment on Government amendments to be taken in
Grand Committee. There is one set of amendments (to clause 92
of the bill) which relates to delegated powers. The Lord Chancellor's
Department has provided a supplementary delegated powers memorandum
which is printed in Annex 6 to this report and sets out, in detail,
the purpose of the amendments.
24. Clause 92 replaces section 2 of the Damages
Act 1996 with new sections 2, 2A and 2B, and gives the courts
the power to order periodical payments for future pecuniary loss
in personal injury cases without the consent of the parties. Under
new section 2(3), a court may not make such an order unless it
is satisfied that the continuity of payment under the order is
reasonably secure. Government amendments to the bill have been
tabled to new section 2(4) and 2(7) to provide that payments made
by "government and health service bodies" are to be
considered reasonably secure for the purpose of this provision.
A further amendment enables the Lord Chancellor to designate by
order (subject to the negative procedure) the bodies that are
"government and health service bodies" for the purposes
of new sections 2(4) and 2(7).
25. We find both the delegation and the level
of scrutiny appropriate.
26. There is nothing in these amendments
in respect of the delegated powers to which the Committee wishes
to draw the attention of the House.
NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS BILL
27. This bill contains no delegated powers.
PREVENTION OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
OF DRUGS BILL [HL]
- This bill contains no delegated powers.