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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 20° Januarii 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

Judicial Business

1.  Beynon and Partners (Respondents) v. Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Petitioners)—The petition of the Commissioners of Customs and Excise praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

2.  Criterion Properties plc (Petitioners) v. Stratford UK Properties llc (Respondents) and others—The petition of Criterion Properties plc praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 17th January).

3.  Raja (administratrix of the estate of Mohammed Sabir Raja (deceased)) (Petitioner) v. Austin Gray (a firm) (Respondents)—The petition of Starbibi Raja praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

4.  Jerome (Petitioner) v. Kelly (Her Majesty’s Inspector of Taxes) (Respondent)—The petition of Michael Jerome praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

5.  Commissioners of Inland Revenue (Petitioners) v. John Lewis Properties plc (Respondents)—The petition of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

6.  Regina v. Webber (Petitioner)—The petition of Robert Webber, praying for an extension of time within which the petition may be lodged and for leave to appeal in accordance with the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

7.  In re Guisto (FC) (Appellant) (application for a writ of Habeas Corpus) (On Appeal from a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

8.  Thomson (Respondent) v. Kvaerner Govan Limited (Appellants) (Scotland)—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 30th January (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 6th January).

9.  Eastwood and another (Appellants) v. Magnox Electric plc (Respondents)—It was ordered that the appeal be dismissed in accordance with Standing Order V, the appellants having failed to give security for costs by 14th January.

10.  Regina v. Skuse (Petitioner)—Upon application by the petitioner (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), it was ordered that the petition be withdrawn and that there be no order as to costs.

Papers

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

    Animals—Government Response to the Report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures, Session 2001-02.    (5729)

12.  Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 71)—The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on 17th January, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Health and Social Care Act 2001 (Isles of Scilly) Order 2003, laid under the Health and Social Care Act 2001;    (49)

    2.  National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 (Isles of Scilly) Order 2003, laid under the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002.    (50)

13.  Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2003;

    2.  Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2003;

    3.  Draft Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    4.  Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

14.  Negative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (General) Amendment Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.    (48)

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

    1.  Accounts for 2000-2001 of the Gloucester Education Action Zone, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

    2.  Accounts for 2001-2002 of the following Education Action Zones, together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General:

      (i)  Bedford—

      (ii)  Blackburn with Darwen—

      (iii)  Derby North East—

      (iv)  Downham and Bellingham—

      (v)  Gloucester—

      (vi)  Leicester—

      (vii)  Nottingham—

      (viii)  Southend—

      (ix)  Telford and Wrekin—

      laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

    3.  Accounts for the year ended 31st July 2002 of the General Chiropractic Council, laid under the Chiropractors Act 1994.

Public Business

16.  Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 20
Schedule 1
Clause 21
Schedule 2

Clauses 22 to 26
Schedule 3
Clauses 27 and 28;

    the motion was agreed to.

17.  Licensing Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 21)

18.  Courts Bill [HL]—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); the House was resumed.

19.  Charities—The Lord Patten asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to create a charities ombudsman; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Filkin.

20.  Courts 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 6.

The House was adjourned at a quarter past ten o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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