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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Jovis 8° Maii 2003

The House met at eleven o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford.

1.  Royal Assent—The Lord Speaker (Lord Brabazon of Tara) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

European Parliament (Representation) Actc.7
National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Actc.8
Electricity (Miscellaneous Provisions) Actc.9
Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Actc.10
Industrial Development (Financial Assistance) Actc. 11

2.  Leave of Absence—Leave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd May.

Papers

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

      (i)  Draft Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      (ii)  Draft Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      (iii)  Draft Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      (iv)  Draft Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

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

    1.  (i)  Adoption (Bringing Children into the United Kingdom) Regulations 2003—  (1173)

      (ii)  Registration of Foreign Adoptions Regulations 2003—  (1255)

      laid under the Adoption Act 1976;

    2.  Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Act (Qualifying Services) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Act 2003;    (1196)

    3.  Carers and Disabled Children (Vouchers) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Children Act 1989;    (1216)

    4.  Non-Contentious Probate Fees (Amendment) Order 2003, laid under the Supreme Court Act 1981;    (1239)

    5.  Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) Order 2003, laid under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.    (1256)

Public Business

5.  Courts Bill [HL]—The report was received; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments to amendments were agreed to (see division lists 1 and 2); then the amendments were agreed to; further consideration on report was adjourned.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

(i)  Judicial Business

6.  Russell (Respondent) v. Devine (AP) (Appellant) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal Northern Ireland) (Northern Ireland)—It was moved by the Lord Bingham of Cornhill, That the 30th Report from the Appellate Committee be agreed to; the motion was agreed to. It was ordered and adjudged that the Order of the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland of 4th July 2001 be affirmed and the appeal dismissed; that the certified question be answered in the negative; and that there be no order as to costs save that the costs of the appellant be taxed in accordance with the Legal Aid, Advice and Assistance (Northern Ireland) Order 1981. [2003] UKHL 24

7.  Regina v. Drew (Appellant) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))—The 31st Report from the Appellate Committee was made and ordered to be printed (HL Paper 101). It was moved by the Lord Bingham of Cornhill, That the Report be agreed to; the motion was agreed to. It was ordered and adjudged that the Order of the Court of Appeal of 19th December 2001 be affirmed and the appeal dismissed. [2003] UKHL 25

8.  Grady (Respondent) v. Her Majesty’s Prison Service (Petitioners)—The petition of Her Majesty’s Prison Service praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

9.  Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Appellant) v. Frid (Respondent) (Civil Appeal from Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice)—The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 22nd May next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

Public Business

10.  Courts Bill [HL]—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 3); amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 4 and 5); further consideration on report was adjourned after amendment 117.

11.  Literature: removal of barriers—The Lord Addington asked Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being taken to remove all barriers to literature for those who have difficulties accessing books in traditional print formats; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Davies of Oldham.

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

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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