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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 20° Novembris 2002

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Derby.

1.  Leave of Absence—Leave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th November.

2.  Barony of Vaux of Harrowden in the Peerage of England—The Petition of Anthony William Gilbey claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Vaux of Harrowden in the Peerage of England and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Baron Vaux of Harrowden on his register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and was referred to the Lord Chancellor to consider and report upon to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

Judicial Business

3.  Appeal Committee—The 5th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Begum (FC) (Appellant) v. London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Respondents)—That the petition of the First Secretary of State that he might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal be allowed.

Papers

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

    1.  Regulatory Impact—Regulatory Impact Assessments: 1st January to 30th June 2002;    (5675)

    2.  Foreign Affairs—Exchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and the United States of America terminating the Leased Bases Agreement of 27 March 1941 and related lease and other arrangements regarding the establishment, use, operations and defence of the United States bases on Bermuda.    (5683)

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

    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) Regulations 2002, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  Pet Travel Scheme (Pilot Arrangements) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2002, laid under the Animal Health Act 1981;  (2850)

    2.  TSE (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2002, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.    (2860)

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

    1.    (i)  Amendment List 18 to Air Publication 1269A: the Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness—

      (ii)  Order amending the Queen’s Regulations for the Royal Air Force—

      laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917;

    2.    (i)  Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice on the Management of Records—

      (ii)  Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice on the Discharge of Public Authorities’ Functions—

      laid under the Freedom of Information Act 2000;

    3.  National Policing Plan 2003-06, laid under the Police Reform Act 2002;

    4.  Report for 2001-02 of the Council on Tribunals, laid under the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992.

Private Business

8.  London Development Agency Bill—The bill was brought from the Commons; the declaration of the agent having been deposited pursuant to the resolution of 29th October, the bill was read a first time and referred to the Examiners.

Public Business

9.  Economic Affairs—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that a Select Committee be appointed to consider economic affairs;

    That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:

L. Barnett
L. Burns
L. Elder
B. Hogg
L. Newby
L. Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

B. O’Cathain
L. Paul
L. Peston (Chairman)
L. Roll of Ipsden
L. Sheppard of Didgemere
L. Vinson;

    That the Committee have power to appoint a sub-committee and to refer to such sub-committee any of the matters within the terms of reference of the Committee; that the Committee have power to appoint the Chairman of such sub-committee;

    That the Committee have power to co-opt any Lord for the purpose of serving on such sub-committee;

    That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

    That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

    That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

    That the minutes of evidence taken before the Economic Affairs Committee in the last session of Parliament be referred to the Committee;

    That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee or any sub-committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed;

    the motion was agreed to.

10.  Hybrid Instruments—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that a Select Committee be appointed to consider hybrid instruments and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

L. Campbell of Alloway
V. Craigavon
B. Fookes
L. King of West Bromwich

L. Luke
L. Sandberg
B. Wilkins;

    the motion was agreed to.

11.  Liaison—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that a Select Committee be appointed to advise the House on the resources required for select committee work and to allocate resources between select committees; to review the select committee work of the House; to consider requests for ad hoc committees and report to the House with recommendations; to ensure effective co-ordination between the two Houses; and to consider the availability of Lords to serve on committees;

    That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

L. Clinton-Davis
V. Colville of Culross
L. Craig of Radley
L. Kimball
B. Pitkeathley

B. Scott of Needham Market
L. Strathclyde
B. Wilcox
B. Williams of Crosby
L. Williams of Mostyn (L. Privy Seal);

    That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

    That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

    the motion was agreed to.

12.  Personal Bills—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that a Select Committee be appointed to consider personal bills and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

L. Faulkner of Worcester
B. Knight of Collingtree
L. Templeman

B. Thomas of Walliswood
L. Wilberforce;

    the motion was agreed to.

13.  Privileges—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that a Committee for Privileges be appointed and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees and any four Lords of Appeal be named of the Committee:

L. Allen of Abbeydale
L. Cope of Berkeley
L. Craig of Radley
L. Graham of Edmonton
L. Grocott
L. Mackay of Clashfern
L. Marsh
L. Mayhew of Twysden

L. Merlyn-Rees
L. Strabolgi
L. Strathclyde
L. Trefgarne
L. Wigoder
B. Williams of Crosby
L. Williams of Mostyn (L. Privy Seal);

    That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees and that such sub-committees have power to appoint their own Chairman;

    That the Committee have power to co-opt any Lord for the purposes of serving on any sub-committee;

    the motion was agreed to.

14.  The Queen’s Speech—The debate on the motion that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty was resumed and, after further debate, was again adjourned till tomorrow.

The House was adjourned at thirteen minutes before nine o’clock

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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