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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 13° Maii 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Portsmouth.

Judicial Business

1.  Rudd (Valuation Officer) (Respondent) v. Cinderella Rockerfellas Limited (Petitioners)—The petition of Cinderella Rockerfellas Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 9th May).

2.  Regina v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Respondent) ex parte Grant (Petitioner)—The petition of Steven Charles Grant praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 10th March).

3.  Regina v. Z (Respondent) (2003)—The petition of the Crown Prosecution Service praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 20th February).

4.  Ghaidan (Appellant) v. Godin-Mendoza (Respondent)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

5.  Lagden (Respondent) v. O’Connor (Appellant)—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 10th June next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

6.  Appeal Committee—The 44th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Ghaidan (Appellant) v. Godin-Mendoza (Respondent)—That the petition of Stonewall Limited that they might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal be allowed to the extent that they may lodge written submissions only.

Papers

7.  Command Papers—The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Government Departments—

      (i)  Departmental Report for 2003 of the Department for International Development;   (5914)

      (ii)  Departmental Report for 2003 of National Savings and Investments.  (5930)

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

    1.  Magistrates’ Courts (Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules 2003, laid under the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980;  (1236)

    2.  Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Communications by Actuaries) Regulations 2003, laid under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.  (1294)

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

    Statement on the Appointment and Salaries of the following as Members of the English Tourist Board;

(i)  Suzanne Bond—

(ii)  Tim Cantle-Jones—

(iii)  John Govett—

(iv)  Brian Summers—

      laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969.

(i)  Select Committee Reports

10.  Statutory Instruments—The 19th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Armed Forces (Review of Search and Seizure) Order 2003;

      Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Protection of Legitimate Interests) Order 2003;

      Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Anticipated Mergers) Order 2003;

      Draft Referral Orders (Amendment of Referral Conditions) Regulations 2003;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 110)

11.  European Union—The following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

    The Future of Europe: Constitutional Treaty—Draft Articles on the Institutions, together with the Minutes of Evidence; (21st Report-HL Paper 105)

    The Future of Europe: Constitutional Treaty—Draft Articles 33-37 (The Democratic Life of the Union); (22nd Report-HL Paper 106)

    The Future of Europe: Constitutional Treaty—Draft Articles on External Action; (23rd Report-HL Paper 107)

    The Taxation of Fuel in the European Union, together with the Minutes of Evidence; (24th Report-HL Paper 108)

    Progress of Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, together with the Minutes of Evidence. (25th Report-HL Paper 109)

Public Business

12.  Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspensions) Bill—A bill to make further provision about the election of the next Northern Ireland Assembly; to make further provision about periods when section 1 of the Northern Ireland Act 2000 is in force; and for connected purposes, having been brought from the Commons on Monday last and printed pursuant to Standing Order 51 (HL Bill 64), was read a first time; then, Standing Order 47 having been dispensed with, it was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

13.  Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspensions) Bill—The Explanatory Notes relating to the bill were printed pursuant to Standing Order 51. (HL Bill 64-EN)

14.  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; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); the House was resumed after clause 65 stood part.

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

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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