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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 15° Januarii 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Oxford.

1.  Lord Wilson of Dinton—Sir Richard Thomas James Wilson, GCB, having been created Baron Wilson of Dinton, of Dinton in the County of Buckinghamshire, for life by Letters Patent dated 18th November 2002, was introduced between the Lord Armstrong of Ilminster and the Lord Butler of Brockwell, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

2.  Hilton (Petitioner) v. Barker Booth and Eastwood (a firm) (Respondents)—The petition of Ian Hilton praying for leave to appeal was presented without payment of the fee, such fee having been waived by the Appeal Committee pursuant to Standing Order XIII; the said petition was referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 13th November).

3.  Bank of Credit and Commerce International SA (in compulsory liquidation) and others (Respondents) v. Zafar (Petitioner)—The petition of Iqbal Zafar praying for leave to appeal was presented without payment of the fee, such fee having been waived by the Appeal Committee pursuant to Standing Order XIII; the said petition was referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 30th December).

4.  Appeal Committee—The 20th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Regina v. Johnstone (Respondent) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—That the petition of the British Phonographic Industry that they might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal be allowed.

Papers

5.  Command Paper—The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Commercial Debts—Exchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Malawi concerning Certain Commercial Debts;    (5734)

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

    1.  Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) (Tax Credits Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003, laid under the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992;    (—)

    2.  Local Authorities (Capital Finance) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.    (43)

7.  Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Account for 2001-02 of the Securities held for the National Insurance Fund, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Select Committee Reports

8.  Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform—The following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

    7th Report, on the following bills:

      Health (Wales) Bill

      Courts Bill [HL]—Government Response

      Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill [HL]—Response of the Member in charge of the bill; (HL Paper 36)

    8th Report, on the following Orders:

      Draft Regulatory Reform (Housing Management Agreements) Order 2003

      Draft Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003; (HL Paper 37)

Public Business

9.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Grocott, on behalf of the Lord Privy Seal, that the debates on the motions in the names of the Lord Henley and the Baroness Cumberlege set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours; the motion was agreed to.

10.  Procedure of the House—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the First Report from the Select Committee be agreed to (HL Paper 26); after debate, the motion was agreed to.

11.  Sentencing policy (2½-hour debate)—It was moved by the Lord Henley that there be laid before the House papers relating to sentencing policy and, specifically, to the debate on sentencing for burglary and firearms offences; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

12.  Maternity services (2½-hour debate)—It was moved by the Baroness Cumberlege that there be laid before the House papers relating to the quality of provision for maternity services in the United Kingdom; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

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

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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