HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Jovis 28° Novembris 2002
The House met at eleven oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.
1. Regina v. Lyons and others (Appellants) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))Further to the Judgment of the House of 14th November instant (First Report from the Appellate Committee,  UKHL 44), it was ordered that the appellants do pay to the respondent his costs before this House, the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
2. In re BurkeThe petition of Robert Anthony Burke praying for leave to petition the House in connection with a matter relating to the cause formerly depending in this House was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3. Ravenseft Properties Limited (Respondents) v. Hall (FC) (Petitioner)The petition of Brigid Agatha Hall praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners certificate of public funding was lodged. (lodged 21st November)
4. Appeal CommitteeThe 9th Report from the Appeal Committee was made and ordered to be printed (HL Paper 11). The Report was agreed to and the following Order was made:
In re BurkeThat the petition be dismissed.
5. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. DisabilityReport by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on Occupational Deafness; (5672)
2. Local GovernmentGovernment Response to the 14th Report of the House of Commons Transport, Local Government and the Regions Select Committee on the working of the Local Government Act 2000; (5687)
3. Departmental PerformanceAutumn Performance Reports 2002 of the
(i) Department for Work and Pensions; (5660)
(ii) National Savings and Investments; (5691)
(iii) Food Standards Agency. (5694)
6. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Tax Credits Appeals) Regulations 2002, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;
2. Draft Tax Credits (Appeals) (No. 2) Regulations 2002, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.
7. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report and Accounts for 2001-02 of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;
2. Report for 2001-02 on bringing fully into force those provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which are not already in force, laid under the Freedom of Information Act 2000;
3. Report for 2001-02 of the Postal Services Commission, laid under the Postal Services Act 2000.
Select Committee Reports
8. Science and TechnologyThe following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
Managing Radioactive Waste: the Governments response; (First Report-HL Paper 12)
Chips for Everything, together with the Minutes of Evidence. (2nd Report-HL Paper 13)
9. Standing Orders (Private Business)It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Standing Orders relating to Private Business be amended as follows:
Standing Order 4A
1. Line 3, after London insert and, if it affects Wales, at an office in Cardiff
2. Line 14, leave out or community and insert , or (in Wales) in the county or county borough in which the community,
3. Line 35, after district insert or (in Wales) in the county or county borough,
Standing Order 24
4. Line 1, after notice insert under the preceding orders
Standing Order 26
5. Line 4, at end insert (see also Standing Order 201 (Time for delivering notices and making deposits))
Standing Order 27
6. Line 75, leave out Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and insert Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Standing Order 27A
7. Line 34, leave out Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and insert Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Standing Order 29
8. Line 8, leave out , Local Government and the Regions
Standing Order 34
9. Line 12, leave out , Local Government and the Regions
Standing Order 37
10. Line 10, leave out Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and insert Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
11. Line 18, leave out Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and insert Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Standing Order 39
12. Line 5, leave out , the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
13. Line 6, after Industry insert , the Department for Transport and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
14. Line 18, leave out General Register Office and insert Office for National Statistics
Standing Order 45
15. Line 17, leave out , Local Government and the Regions
Standing Order 47
16. Line 12, leave out Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and insert Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Standing Order 98
17. Line 1, leave out not be read a first time earlier than and insert be read a first time on
a) 22nd January or, if the House is not sitting on that day, the first sitting day after that, or
b) the day given by paragraph (1A),
whichever is the later.(1A) The day given by this paragraph is
18. Leave out line 16.
Standing Order 127
19. Line 8, leave out an officer of and insert a person nominated by
Standing Order 139
20. Line 11, leave out , Local Government and the Regions
21. Line 27, leave out , Local Government and the Regions;
after debate, the motion was agreed to; it was ordered that the amendments be printed. (HL Paper 10)
10. House of Lords ReformIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the Commons message of yesterday be now considered, and that a Committee of twelve Lords be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons to consider and report on issues relating to House of Lords Reform;
That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:
L. Archer of Sandwell
L. Brooke of Alverthorpe
L. Forsyth of Drumlean
B. Gibson of Market Rasen
L. Howe of Aberavon
L. Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay
That the Committee have power to agree with the Committee appointed by the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;
That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;
That the Reports of the Committee from time to time shall be printed, notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;
That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;
That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;
That the proceedings of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform in the last session of Parliament be referred to the Committee;
And that the Committee do meet with the Committee appointed by the Commons on Tuesday 3rd December next at ten oclock in Committee Room 4;
the motion was agreed to and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.
11. IraqIt was moved by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean that this House takes note of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 on Iraq; after debate, further debate was adjourned.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
12. IraqThe debate on the motion of the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean that this House takes note of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 on Iraq was resumed; after further debate, the motion was agreed to.
13. House of Lords ReformA message was brought from the Commons that they have ordered that the Committee appointed by them do meet with the Committee appointed by this House on Tuesday 3rd December next at 10 am as proposed by this House.
14. Courts Bill [HL]A bill to make provision about the courts and their procedure and practice; about judges and magistrates; about fines and the enforcement processes of the courts; about periodical payments of damages; and for connected purposes was presented by the Lord Grocott on behalf of the Lord Chancellor, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 12)
15. Courts Bill [HL]It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 12-EN)
The House was adjourned at twenty-two minutes before seven oclock
to Monday next, half-past two oclock.