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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 14° Maii 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Portsmouth.

Judicial Business

1.  A (Respondent) v. Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (Appellant) and another—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 24th June next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 13th May).

2.  Criterion Properties plc (Appellants) v. Stratford UK Properties llc (Respondents) and others—The petition of the appellants praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 16th June next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

3.  Wrexham County Borough Council (Appellants) v. Berry (FC) (Respondent)—

4.  South Bucks District Council (Appellants) v. Porter and another (FC) (Respondents)—

5.  Chichester District Council (Appellants) v. Searle and others (Respondents)—

    (Consolidated Appeals)—

    The certificate of public funding of Michael Berry was lodged.

6.  Appeal Committee—The 45th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Three Rivers District Council and others (Respondents) v. Governor and Company of the Bank of England (Petitioners)—That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d); and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

Papers

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

    1.  European Communities—Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Community and Lebanon, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;    (5812)

    2.  Government Departments—

      (i)     Departmental Report for 2003 of the Department of Education and Skills  (5902)

      (ii)     Departmental Report for 2003 of the Office for Standards in Education  (5903)

      (iii)     Departmental Report for 2003 of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  (5919)

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

    1.  Draft Race Relations Act 1976 (Seamen Recruited Abroad) Order 2003, laid under the Race Relations Act 1976, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    2.  Draft State Pension Credit (Decisions and Appeals-Amendments) Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Act 1998, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

    1.  9.  Negative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2001 (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.    (1297)

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

    1.  Report for 2002 of the Office of Telecommunications, laid under the Telecommunications Act 1984;

    2.  Accounts for 2001-02 of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for Northern Ireland for:

      (i)     Petroleum Production, laid under the Petroleum Production Act (Northern Ireland) 1964;

(ii)  Mineral Development, laid under the Mineral Development Act (Northern Ireland) 1969;

    3.  Accounts for 2001-02 of the Department of Social Development for Northern Ireland for Charities, Donations and Bequests, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Act (Northern Ireland) 1921.

Private Business

11.  Hereford Markets Bill [HL]—It was moved by Lord Livsey of Talgarth that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee.

Public Business

12.  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 Baroness Williams of Crosby set down for today shall be limited to 3½ hours; the motion was agreed to.

13.  Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Bill—The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with an amendment.

14.  International order (3½-hour debate)—The Baroness Williams of Crosby that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for reconstructing the international order and transforming international political institutions; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

15.  Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Bill—Standing Order 47 having been dispensed with, the report was received; amendments were agreed to; then the bill was read a third time and passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

16.  Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Health Service Bodies) Order 2003—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 2nd April be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

17.  Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2003—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd April be approved; the motion was agreed to.

18.  Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Rights of Access of Comptroller and Auditor General) Order 2003—It was moved by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd April be approved; the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at ten minutes before eight o’clock

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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