HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 5° Martii 2003
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Rochester.
1. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th March.
2. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) ex parte Mullen (Respondent) (England)The appeal of the Secretary of State for the Home Department was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 16th April next.
3. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Submarine PipelinesFramework Agreement between the United Kingdom and Norway relating to the Laying, Operation and Jurisdiction of Inter-Connecting Submarine Pipelines; (5762)
2. FinanceTreasury Minutes on the 1stt, 2nd and 3rd Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts; (5770)
3. De-Mining EquipmentMinute from the Ministry of Defence concerning the gifting of de-mining equipment to Kenya. ()
4. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Child Benefit and Guardians Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Act 1998, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.
5. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Child Benefit and Guardians Allowance (Administration) Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992; (492)
2. (i) Child Benefit (General) Regulations 2003 (493)
(ii) Guardians Allowance (General) Regulations 2003 (495)
laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;
3. Child Benefit and Guardians Allowance (Administrative Arrangements) Regulations 2003, laid under the Tax Credits Act 2002; (494)
4. Dartford-Thurrock Crossing (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing Act 1988; (496)
5. (i) Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (England and Wales) Order 2003 (508)
(ii) Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (England and Wales and Scotland) Order 2003 (509)
laid under the Gaming Act 1968.
Select Committee Report
6. House CommitteeThe 2nd Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 69)
7. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Fowler set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that in the name of the Baroness Park of Monmouth to 2½ hours; the motion was agreed to.
8. Travel to European Union Institutions and National ParliamentsIt was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to resolve:
That, in the opinion of this House, provision should be made as from 1st April 2003 for reimbursing Lords in respect of the cost of travelling on parliamentary duties between the United Kingdom and any European Union institution in Brussels, Luxembourg or Strasbourg or the national parliament of a European Union state or a candidate country and any additional expenses necessarily incurred in connection with such travel, subject to the following conditions
(a) for any Lord, reimbursement is for not more than two visits in any year beginning with 1st April;
(b) the amount payable in respect of travel out of and into the United Kingdom is not more than the business class return fare between a station or airport serving London or the area of the Lords main residence and a station or airport serving the city visited;
(c) subsistence for each visit is limited to two nights at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office class A standard subsistence rate for the time being in operation;
(d) the Lord must submit in advance to the Clerk of the Parliaments a statement of the visits purpose, location and duration and the persons or organisations to be met;
after debate, the motion was agreed to.
9. Pensions (3-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Fowler that there be laid before the House papers relating to the Green Paper on saving for retirement (Cm. 5677) and to the promotion of adequate pension provision in the United Kingdom; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
10. Communications BillA bill to confer functions on the Office of Communications; to make provision about the regulation of the provision of electronic communications networks and services and of the use of the electro-magnetic spectrum; to make provision about the regulation of broadcasting and of the provision of television and radio services; to make provision about newspaper mergers and, in that connection, to amend the Enterprise Act 2002; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 41)
11. Communications BillIt was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 41-EN)
12. Zimbabwe (2½-hour debate)It was moved by the Baroness Park of Monmouth that there be laid before the House papers relating to the situation in Zimbabwe; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
13. Maximum Number of Judges Order 2003It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that the draft Order laid before the House on 6th February be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
14. Harbours Bill [HL]It was moved by the Lord Berkeley that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.
The House was adjourned at twenty-eight minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.