HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 17° Martii 2003
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester.
1. South Ayrshire Council (Appellants) v. Milligan (Respondent) (Scotland)The appeal of South Ayrshire Council was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 28th April next.
2. Naylor (Respondent) v. Volex Group plc (sued as Volex Wiring Systems Limited) (Petitioners)The petition of Volex Group plc praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 11th March).
3. Wrexham County Borough Council (Appellants) v. Berry (Respondent)
4. South Bucks District Council (Appellants) v. Porter and another (FC) (Respondents)
5. Chichester District Council (Appellants) v. Searle and others (Respondents)
The certificate of public funding of Linda Porter was lodged.
6. Appeal CommitteeThe 34th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made
Société Eram Shipping Company Limited (Respondents) and others v. Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (Appellants)That the petition of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation praying for leave to submit and rely on further evidence be allowed.
7. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
IraqUN Documents of early March 2003. (5785)
8. Regulatory ReformThe 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 (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003, together with a statement by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
9. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Disability Discrimination (Blind and Partially Sighted Persons) Regulations 2003, laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995; (712)
2. Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (England) Order 2003, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990; (714)
3. (i) Energy Information (Household Air Conditioners) Regulations 2003 (750)
(ii) Energy Information (Household Electric Ovens) Regulations 2003 (751)
(iii) Medicated Feedingstuffs (Amendment) (Scotland, England and Wales) Regulations 2003 (752)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
4. National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2003, laid under the Care Standards Act 2000. (753)
10. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Summarised Accounts for 2001-02 of the National Health Service (England), together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;
2. Accounts for 2001-02 of the following Education Action Zones, together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General;
laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
Select Committee Report
11. Human RightsThe 7th Report from the Joint Committee, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 74)
12. Water Bill [HL]It was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton, on behalf of the Lord Whitty, that it be an instruction to the Grand Committee to which the Water Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:
Clauses 1 to 33
Clauses 36 to 54
Clauses 55 to 78
Schedules 5 and 6
Clauses 79 to 93
Clauses 94 to 97;
the motion was agreed to.
13. Consolidated Fund (No. 2) BillIt was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the bill be now read a second time; the motion was agreed to and the Committee was negatived; then, Standing Order 47 having been dispensed with, the bill was read a third time and passed.
14. Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) BillThe bill was read a third time; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; further amendments were agreed to (see division lists 1 to 3); then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
15. Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL]The bill was read a third time; amendments were agreed to; a further amendment was agreed to (see division list 4); amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; then, after debate, the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.
16. Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) BillThe bill was reported from the Grand Committee without amendment.
17. Health (Wales) BillThe report was received; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
18. Iraq: legality of armed force (3-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Goodhart that there be laid before the House papers relating to the obligations of the United Kingdom under international law concerning the use of armed force; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
19. Northern Ireland Assembly Elections BillA bill to make provision about the date of the poll for the election of the next Northern Ireland Assembly, and for disregarding certain days for the purposes of the period after a poll within which an Assembly must meet; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 47)
20. Northern Ireland Assembly Elections BillIt was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 47-EN)
The House was adjourned at twenty-six minutes past ten oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND COMMITTEE (IN THE MOSES ROOM)
The Committee met at half-past three oclock.
Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions)The bill was considered in the Grand Committee; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; it was ordered that the bill be reported without amendment.
The Committee was adjourned at eighteen minutes past six oclock.