HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 7° Maii 2003
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford.
1. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Friday 9th May.
2. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
FinanceStatements and Summary of the Accounts for 1999-2000 of the Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards. ()
3. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Pilotage (Recognition of Qualifications and Experience) Regulations 2003, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (1230)
2. Bathing Waters (Classification) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Water Resources Act 1991; (1238)
3. Conditional Fee Agreements (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003, laid under the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990; (1240)
4. Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2003, laid under the Civil Procedure Act 1997. (1242)
4. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Census 2001: National Report for England and Wales, laid under the Census Act 1920;
2. Statements on the Appointments and Salaries of the following as Members of the British Tourist Authority Board
(iii) Viscountess Penelope Cobham
laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969.
Select Committee Reports
5. Delegated Powers and Regulatory ReformThe following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
18th Report, on the following bills:
Railways and Transport Safety Bill;
Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Bill;
Industrial Development (Financial Assistance) Bill;
Courts Bill [HL]Government amendments for Report Stage;
Communications BillGovernment Response; (HL Paper 102)
19th Report, on the following Orders:
Proposal for the draft Regulatory Reform (Gaming Machines) Order 2003;
Draft Regulatory Reform (British Waterways Board) Order 2003. (HL Paper 103)
(i) Private Business
6. Nottingham City Council Bill [HL]The bill was read a third time; amendments were agreed to and the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.
7. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that the debates on the motions in the names of the Baroness Hogg and the Lord Hanningfield set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours; the motion was agreed to.
8. Burdens on business (2½-hour debate)It was moved by the Baroness Hogg that there be laid before the House papers relating to the fiscal and regulatory burden on businesses; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
9. School funding (2½-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Hanningfield that there be laid before the House papers relating to the funding of schools; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
10. Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003It was moved by the Lord Whitty that the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 17th March be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
11. Friendly SocietiesThe Lord Naseby asked Her Majestys Government what future they see for Friendly Societies; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey.
The House was adjourned at eighteen minutes before nine oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.