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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 18° Martii 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester.

Judicial Business

1.  Lagden (Respondent) v. O’Connor (Appellant) (England)—The appeal of Philippa O’Connor was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 29th April next.

2.  RCO Support Services Limited (Appellants) v. Unison and others (Respondents)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

3.  Simmons (Respondent) v. British Steel plc (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 22nd April next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

Papers

4.  Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Contingent Liability—

      (i)     Indemnity for Investigation into the case of Mr Cyril Isaacs;  (—)

      (ii)     Contingent Liabilities relating to the British Library’s Exhibitions The Painted Labyrinth: The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels and Contemporary Chinese Prints.  (—)

    2.  Finance—Summary of Accounts for 1999-2000 of Health and Personal Social Services and Special Agencies for Northern Ireland.    (—)

5.  Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 2003, laid under the Special Immigration Appeals Commission Act 1997, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  Education Act 2002 (School Meals) (Consequential Amendments) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Education Act 2002;    (689)

    2.  Asylum Support (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2003, laid under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;    (755)

    3.  Tribunals and Inquiries (Road User Charging Adjudicators) (London) Order 2003, laid under the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992;    (756)

    4.    (i)  Health and Social Care Act 2001 (Isles of Scilly) (No. 2) Order 2003—    (761)

      (ii)  Community Care, Services for Carers and Children’s Services (Direct Payments) (England) Regulations 2003—  (762)

      laid under the Health and Social Care Act 2001;

    5.  Enterprise Act 2002 (Consequential and Transitory Provisions) Order 2003, laid under the Enterprise 2002;    (767)

    6.  Further Education (Amendment of Governing Bodies’ Powers) Order (Northern Ireland) 2003, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000.    (—)

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

    Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on the PFI Contract for the Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards’ New Computerised Accounting System, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000.

8.  Instrument coming into operation before being laid—The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that he had received, under the proviso to section 4(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946, notification that the following instrument had come into operation before being laid before Parliament, with an explanation thereof; the notification and explanation were ordered to lie on the Table:

    Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2003.

Select Committee Report

9.  Statutory Instruments—The 14th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) Scheme 2003;

      Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2003;

      Draft Town and Country Planning (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2003;

      Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003;

      Draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) (Amendment) Order 2003;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 75)

Public Business

10.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that on Wednesday 19th March Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with to allow the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill to be taken before the motion standing in the name of the Baroness Rendell of Babergh; and Standing Order 47 (No two stages to be taken on one day) be dispensed with to allow the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill to be taken through all its remaining stages; the motion was agreed to.

11.  Public Service (Disruption) Bill [HL]—The report was received.

12.  Iraq—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s policy on Iraq; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at twenty-eight minutes before ten o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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