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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 19° Martii 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester.

1.  Barony of Wharton in the Peerage of England—The Petition of Myles Christopher David Robertson claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Wharton in the Peerage of England and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as the Lord Wharton on his register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and was referred to the Lord Chancellor to consider and report upon to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

Judicial Business

2.  Celtec Limited (Appellants) v. Astley and others (Respondents) (England)—The appeal of Celtec Limited was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 30th April next.

3.  Appeal Committee—The 35th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    A (Respondent) v. Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (Petitioner) and another—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 2nd April next.

    Temple (formerly a child but now a patient who sues by his mother and litigation friend Carol Barbara Temple) (FC) (Petitioner) v. South Manchester Health Authority (Respondents)—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 2nd April next.

    Larvin (Petitioner) v. Phoenix Office Supplies Limited and others (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d); and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

Papers

4.  Instrument withdrawn—The following instrument, laid before the House on 4th March, was withdrawn:

    Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Variation of Specified Documents) Regulations 2003.

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

    Pay—Fourth Report of the Low Pay Commission on the National Minimum Wage: Building on Success.    (5768)

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

    Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Variation of Specified Documents) Regulations 2003, laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

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

    Common Investment (Closure of High Yield Fund) Scheme 2003, laid under the Administration of Justice Act 1982.  (778)

Select Committee Reports

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

    14th Report, on the following bills:

      Communications Bill;

      Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL];

      Water Bill [HL]—Government Response;

      Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill—Government Response;

      Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill—Government Response;

      European Parliament (Representation) Bill—Government Amendments for Committee Stage;

      Courts Bill [HL]—Government Amendments for Committee Stage;

      Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill;

      Prevention of Driving under the Influence of Drugs Bill [HL]; (HL Paper 76)

    15th Report, on the following Orders:

      Proposal for the draft Regulatory Reform (British Waterways Board) Order 2003;

      Draft Regulatory Reform (Schemes under Section 129 of the Housing Act 1988) (England) Order 2003. (HL Paper 77)

Public Business

9.  Sexual Offences Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton, on behalf of the Lord Falconer of Thoroton, that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Sexual Offences Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 75
Schedule 1
Clauses 76 to 82
Schedule 2
Clauses 83 to 103
Schedule 3

Clauses 104 to 124
Schedule 4
Clause 125
Schedule 5
Clauses 126 to 128;

    the motion was agreed to.

10.  Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) 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.

11.  Racism in performing arts (Balloted debate)—It was moved by the Baroness Rendell of Babergh that there be laid before the House papers relating to racism in the performing arts in the United Kingdom; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

12.  Northern Ireland Assembly Elections Bill—Standing Order 47 having been dispensed with, the House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; the House was resumed and the bill was reported without amendment; the report was received; then the bill was read a third time and passed.

13.  University funding (Balloted debate)—It was moved by the Baroness Howe of Idlicote that there be laid before the House papers relating to the relationship between arrangements for the funding of students and student choice in British universities; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

14.  Airlines: regulation—The Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance of the Civil Aviation Authority in regulating low-cost airlines; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.

The House was adjourned at sixteen minutes past nine o’clock

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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