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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 2° Aprilis 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Guildford.

Judicial Business

1.  Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Amin (FC) (Appellant)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

2.  Appeal Committee—The following Order was made pursuant to the 2nd Report:

    Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Petitioners) v. Zielinski Baker & Partners Limited (Respondents)—That leave to appeal be given on terms that the respondents’ costs in this House be paid by the petitioners in any event and that costs below be at the discretion of the House; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 16th April next.

Papers

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

    Human Rights—Protocol No. 13 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, concerning the Abolition of the Death Penalty in All Circumstances, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.    (5795)

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

    Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Health Service Bodies) Order 2003, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  (i)  European Parliamentary Election Petition (Amendment) Rules 2003—  (971)

      (ii)  Election Petition (Amendment) Rules 2003—  (972)

      laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983;

    2.  Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Summarised Accounts of Special Health Authorities) Order 2003, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000;    (983)

    3.  Statute made by the University of Oxford on 15th October 2002 amending the Statutes of the University, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923.    (—)

6.  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 Financial Auditing and Reporting in 2001-02, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act (Northern Ireland) 2001.

Select Committee Reports

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

    16th Report, on the following bills:

      Local Government Bill;

      Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments; (HL Paper 85)

    17th Report, on the Draft Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003. (HL Paper 86)

8.  Clergy Discipline Measure—The Measure and the 218th Report thereon of the Ecclesiastical Committee were laid before the House (pursuant to section 4 of the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919) and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 87-I and II)

Public Business

9.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Blackwell set down for today shall be limited to 5 hours; the motion was agreed to.

10.  Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that the Commons amendments be considered in the following order:

13 to 15
52
4 to 12
16 to 21
25 to 44
22 to 24

45 to 47
53
1 to 3
48 to 51
54 to 57;

    after debate, the motion was agreed to.

11.  Convention on the Future of Europe (5-hour debate)—It was moved by the Lord Blackwell that there be laid before the House papers relating to the proceedings of the Convention on the Future of Europe and the case for a referendum on any consequent constitutional treaty; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

12.  Harbours Bill [HL]—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 54)

13.  Public interest immunity—The Lord Thomas of Gresford asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the law, practice and procedure of public interest immunity in criminal cases; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Goldsmith.

The House was adjourned at five minutes before nine o’clock

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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