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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 17° Decembris 2002

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Portsmouth.

1.  Royal Assent—The Lord Chancellor notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Actc.43
Appropriation (No. 2) Actc. 44

2.  Barony of De Mauley in the Peerage of the United Kingdom—The Petition of Rupert Charles Ponsonby claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of De Mauley in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Baron De Mauley 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.  Temple (formerly a child but now a patient who sues by his mother and litigation friend Carol Barbara Temple) (FC) (Petitioner) v. South Manchester Health Authority (Respondents)—The petition of Neil Temple praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s certificate of public funding was lodged.

4.  Marcic (Respondent) v. Thames Water Utilities 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 14th January next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

5.  Regina v. Ashworth Hospital Authority (Appellants) and others (Respondents) ex parte H and one other action—It was ordered that the appeal be dismissed in accordance with Standing Order V, the appellants having failed to give security for costs by 11th November.

6.  Appeal Committee—The 17th 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—

    Allied Dunbar Assurance plc (Respondents) v. Homebase Limited (Petitioners) and others—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.

    Eastwood and another (Petitioners) v. Magnox Electric plc (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 31st December.

    RCO Support Services Limited (Petitioners) v. Unison and others (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 31st December.

    In re O and N (minors) (FC)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 31st December.

    In re B (minors) (2002) (FC)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 31st December.

    Regina v. Police Complaints Authority (Respondents) ex parte Green (FC) (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 31st December.

Papers

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

    1.  Finance—2002 Spending Review: Departmental Investment Strategies;    (5674)

    2.  Pensions—Simplicity, security and choice: Working and saving for retirement: Government consultation document;    (5677)

    3.  Contingent Liability—Minute concerning contingent liabilities remaining with the Ministry of Defence following the sale of a minority stake in QinetiQ to the Carlyle Group.    (—)

8.  Regulatory Reform—The following order was laid before the House under section 4(2) of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 and referred to the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee:

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2002, together with a statement by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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

    1.  Withholding and Withdrawal of Support (Travel Assistance and Temporary Accommodation) Regulations 2002, laid under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002;    (3078)

    2.  Race Relations Act 1976 (General Statutory Duty: Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2002, laid under the Race Relations Act 1976;    (3111)

    3.    (i)  Air Quality Limit Values (Amendment) Regulations 2002—    (3117)

      (ii)  National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2002—  (3118)

      laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

    4.  Tax Credits (Notice of Appeal) Regulations 2002, laid under the Tax Credits Act 2002;    (3119)

    5.  Social Security Contributions (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, laid under the Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Act 1999;    (3120)

    6.  Public Lending Right Scheme 1982 (Commencement of Variations) Order 2002, laid under the Public Lending Right Act 1979;    (3123)

    7.  National Lottery (Licence Fees) (Amendment) Order 2002, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;    (3124)

    8.  Child Support Appeals (Jurisdiction of Courts) Order (Northern Ireland) 2002, laid under the Child Support (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.

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

    1.  Hertfordshire (Coroners’ Districts) Order 2002, laid under the Coroners Act 1988;  (3084)  

    2.  Mortality Statistics: Review for 2001 of the Registrar General on deaths by cause, sex and age in England and Wales, laid under the Registration Service Act 1953.

Select Committee Reports

11.  Science and Technology—It was ordered that the evidence taken by Sub-Committee I (Fighting Infection) on 15th and 29th October and 5th November be printed. (HL Papers 23-i, 23-ii and 23-iii)

12.  Statutory Instruments—The 5th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instrument:

      Draft National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Increase of Endowment) Order 2003;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 25)

13.  Procedure of the House—The First Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 26)

14.  Constitution Committee—The following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

    Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL]; (First Report-HL Paper 27)

    Devolution: inter-institutional relations in the United Kingdom. (2nd Report-HL Paper 28)

15.  European Union—The following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed, together with the Minutes of Evidence:

    EU-Russia Relations; (3rd Report-HL Paper 29)

    Evidence by the Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on the Copenhagen European Council. (4th Report-HL Paper 30)

Public Business

16.  Licensing Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed for two statements; the House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed.

17.  Access to Justice Act 1999 (Solicitors’ Practising Certificates) Order 2002—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton, on behalf of the Baroness Scotland of Asthal, that the draft Order laid before the House on 13th November be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

18.  Licensing Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed after amendment 85.

The House was adjourned at twenty-five minutes past ten o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

  Cler: Parliamentor:

APPENDIX

PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND COMMITTEE (IN COMMITTEE ROOMS 3A AND 4B)

The Committee met at half-past three o’clock.

    Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [HL]—The bill was considered in the Grand Committee; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the Committee was adjourned after amendment 47.

The Committee was adjourned at fourteen minutes before eight o’clock.

 
 
 
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