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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 28° Aprilis 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Truro.

Papers

1.  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.  Competition Commission—Report on the supply within the United Kingdom of prescription-only Veterinary Medicines; (11th April)    (5781)

    2.  Heritage—Draft Agreement concerning the Shipwrecked Vessel RMS Titanic; (11th April)    (5798)

    3.  Children—Government reply to the Fourth Report from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, session 2001-02: The Conduct of Investigations into Past Cases of Abuse in Children’s Homes; (11th April)    (5799)

    4.  Prisoners—Agreement between the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic on the Transfer of Prisoners, together with an Explanatory Memorandum; (25th April)     (5806)

    5.  European Union—Explanatory Memorandum on the Treaty concerning the Accession to the European Union of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia; (28th April)    (5805)

    6.  Housing—Government Response to the House of Commons Select Committee on Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions on Planning, Competitiveness and Productivity. (28th April)    (5809)

2.  Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 71)—The following instruments, having been laid before the House on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:


Title, etc.

S.I. No.
2003

Date of
Laying

Negative instruments

    

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Disclosure of Confidential Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000;

1092

11th April

Education (Student Support) (No. 2) Regulations 2002 (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998;

1065

11th April

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (Designated Places of Detention) Order 2003, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000;

14th April

New School (Admissions) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998;

1041

14th April

Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003, laid under the Child Support Act 1991;

1050

14th April

Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) (Her Majesty’s Forces) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;

1068

14th April

(i)  Companies (Acquisition of Own Shares) (Treasury Shares) Regulations 2003—

1116

15th April


Title, etc.

S.I. No.
2003

Date of
Laying

(ii)  Insurers (Reorganisation and Winding Up) Regulations 2003--

1102

15th April

(iii)  Motor Cycles Etc. (EC Type Approval) (Amendment) Regulations 2003--

1099

15th April

  laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

    

National Patient Safety Agency (Establishment and Constitution) Amendment Order 2003, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;

1077

15th April

Pedal Bicycles (Safety) Regulations 2003, laid under the Consumer Protection Act 1987;

1101

15th April

Motor Vehicles (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1988;

1113

16th April

Fishing Vessels (EC Directive on Harmonised Safety Regime) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995;

1112

16th April

Road Transport (International Passenger Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

1118

16th April

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (Continuance of Office of Commissioner) Order 2003, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000;

16th April

National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (General Medical Services) and (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) Amendment Regulations 2003, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977;

1084

16th April

Housing (Right to Buy) (Designated Rural Areas and Designated Region) (England) Order 2003, laid under the Housing Act 1985;

1105

23rd April

Social Security (Removal of Residential Allowances and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.

1121

25th April

3.  Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Draft Contracting Out (Administration of the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme) Order 2003, laid under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    2.  (i)  Draft Armed Forces (Review of Search and Seizure) Order 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      (ii)  Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      laid under the Armed Forces Act 2001;

    3.    (i)  Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Arab Republic of Egypt) Order 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      (ii)     Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Members States and the Republic of Chile) Order 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

4.  Regulatory Reform—The 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 (British Waterways Board) Order 2003, together with a Statement by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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

    1.  Amendment 7 to the Royal Air Force Manual of Medical Management and Administration, laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917;

    2.  Statement of Guarantee in respect of temporary borrowing by the Housing Corporation, laid under the Housing Act 1974;

    3.  (i)  Accounts for 2001-02 of the Social Fund, together with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

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

      laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992;

    4.  Accounts for the period November 2000 to March 2002 of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, together with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998;

    5.  (i)  Accounts for the period April to November 2001 of the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, together with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (ii)    Accounts for the period November 2001 to March 2002 of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (iii)     Accounts for the period November 2001 to March 2002 of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, together with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000;

    6.  Consolidated Accounts for 2001-02 of the Local Probation Boards of the National Probation Service, together with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000;

    7.  Accounts for 2001-02 of the following Education Action Zones, together with the reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

      (i)  Dudley—

      (ii)  Slough—

      laid under the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998;

    8.  Report and Accounts for 2002 of the Channel Four Television Corporation, laid under the Broadcasting Act 1990.

Select Committee Report

6.  Human Rights—The 9th Report from the Joint Committee, The Case for a Children’s Commissioner for England, was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 96)

Public Business

7.  Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill—The bill was read a third time; amendments were agreed to; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1 to 3); then, after debate, the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

8.  Sexual Offences Bill [HL]—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the question that a clause stand part of the bill was negatived; the House was resumed after clause 53 as amended stood part.

9.  European Parliament (Representation) Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with an amendment agreed to with an amendment and with the remaining amendments agreed to; it was ordered that the Commons amendment be printed. (HL Bill 60)

The House was adjourned at one minute past ten o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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