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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Jovis 27° Martii 2003

The House met at eleven o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Manchester.

Judicial Business

1.  Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Appellant) v. Frid (Respondent) (England)—The appeal of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 8th May next.

2.  Regina v. Webber (Appellant) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—The appeal of Robert Webber was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.

3.  Sabaf SpA (a company incorporated under the laws of Italy) (Respondents) v. MFI Furniture Centres Limited and others (Appellants)—

4.  Sabaf SpA (a company incorporated under the laws of Italy) (Appellants) v. MFI Furniture Centres Limited and others (Respondents)—

    The petition of the appellants praying that the appeals be conjoined; that they be allowed to lodge separate statements, one appendix and separate cases and that the Appellants and Respondents be separately represented in respect of the two appeals (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

5.  Celtec Limited (Appellants) v. Astley and others (Respondents)—It was ordered that the appeal of Celtec Limited be dismissed in accordance with Standing Order V, the said appellants having failed to give security for costs by 26th March.

Papers

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

    Housing—Government Response to the Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions: Affordable Homes.    (5783)

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

    Draft Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2003, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2001-02 of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund—

      (ii)  Accounts for 2001-02 of the National Lottery Distribution Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;

    2.  Accounts for 2001-02 of the Legal Aid Fund (Northern Ireland), together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

    3.  Accounts for 2001-02 of the Pooling of Non-Domestic Rates and Redistribution to Local Authorities in England Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988;

    4.  Accounts for 2001-02 of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982.

    5.  Accounts for 1999-2000 of the National Library of Scotland, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Library of Scotland Act 1925;

    6.  Accounts for the period 1st April to 5th November 2000 of the Independent Commission for Police Complaints for Northern Ireland, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Order 1987.

Select Committee Report

9.  European Union—The 16th Report from the Select Committee, The Future of Europe: Constitutional Treaty—Draft Article 31 and Draft Articles from Part 2 (Freedom, Security and Justice) was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 81)

Public Business

10.  Courts Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was agreed to (see division list); further amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed; it was ordered that the Committee stage be resumed after the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

11.  Hereditary Peers’ By-election—The Clerk of the Parliaments notified the House that the Viscount Ullswater had been elected in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 10 (Hereditary peers: by-elections) to fill the vacancy created by the death of the Viscount of Oxfuird among the peers excepted from section 1 of the House of Lords Act 1999.

12.  European Parliament (Representation) Bill—The report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

13.  Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill—The Commons amendments and reasons were considered; a Lords amendment to which the Commons had disagreed was not insisted on and amendments in lieu thereof were agreed to; motions that the House do insist on certain Lords amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn and the amendments were not insisted on; a Commons amendment to a Lords amendment was agreed to with an amendment; a motion that the House do disagree with a Commons amendment to a Lords amendment was moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn and the Commons amendment was then agreed to; the remaining Lords amendments were not insisted on, and the bill was returned to the Commons with amendments.

14.  Courts Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 51)

15.  Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]—The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with amendments and with a privilege amendment; it was ordered that the Commons amendments be printed. (HL Bill 52)

16.  Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (Powers of Seizure) Order 2003—It was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that the draft Order laid before the House on 24th February be approved; the motion was agreed to.

17.  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Consequential and Incidental Provisions) Order 2003—It was moved by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton that the draft Order laid before the House on 28th February be approved; the motion was agreed to.

18.  Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2003—It was moved by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton that the draft Order laid before the House on 25th February be approved; the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at twenty-two minutes past eight o’clock

to Monday next, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

  Cler: Parliamentor:

APPENDIX

PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND COMMITTEE (IN THE MOSES ROOM)

The Committee met at a quarter before four o’clock.

    Water Bill [HL]—The bill was considered in the Grand Committee; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the Committee was adjourned after Clause 6 stood part.

The Committee was adjourned at twenty-seven minutes before eight o’clock.

 
 
 
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