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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Mercurii 21° Maii 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

Judicial Business

1.  Appeal Committee—The 50th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    Regina v. Special Adjudicator (Respondent) ex parte Hoxha (FC) (Petitioner)—That the respondent be invited to lodge objections by 4th June next.

    In re B (FC) (Petitioner) (2002)—That the respondent be invited to lodge objections by 4th June next.

    Commissioners of Inland Revenue (Petitioners) v. John Lewis Properties plc (Respondents)—That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 4th June next.

    El-Ali (FC) (Petitioner) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)—That the respondent be invited to lodge objections by 4th June next.

    Habton Farms (an unlimited company) (Respondents) v. Nimmo (Petitioner) and another—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.

    Bim Kemi AB (Petitioners) v. Blackburn Chemicals Limited (Respondents)—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.

2.  Appeal Committee—The 51st Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made—

    Barclays Bank plc (Respondents) v. Ellis and another (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.

    Sheldrake (Respondent) v. Director of Public Prosecutions (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 4th June next.

    Regina v. Durham Constabulary and another (Petitioner) ex parte R (Respondent)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 4th June next.

    Regina v. Clayton (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be refused.

Papers

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

    1.  Finance—Treasury Minutes on the Fifth, Sixth and Ninth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts;    (5801)

    2.  Human Rights—Government Response to the Report for 2002 of the House of Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs on Human Rights;    (5820)

    3.  Extradition—Extradition Treaty between the United Kingdom and the United States of America, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;    (5821)

    4.  Commercial Debts—Exchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Pakistan concerning Certain Commercial Debts;    (5824)

    1.  5.  Science and Technology—Fourth Protocol to the 1967 Convention, as subsequently amended, between France, Germany and the United Kingdom on the Construction and Operation of a Very High Flux Reactor;    (5825)

    6.  Banking—Report for 2003 of the Bank of England;    (—)

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

    Iraq (United Nations Sanctions) (Amendment) Order 2003, laid under the United Nations Act 1946.    (1347)

5.  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 British Board of Film Classification, laid under the Video Recordings Act 1984;

    2.  (i)  Accounts for 2000-01 of the Hackney Education Action Zone, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (ii)  Accounts for 2001-02 of the Hackney Education Action Zone, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

Select Committee Report

6.  European Union—The 26th Report from the Select Committee, Government Responses: The Stability and Growth Pact; EU-Effective in a Crisis; and The Future of Europe: Convention Working Group-Reports on Defence and External Action, was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 112)

Public Business

7.  Criminal Justice Bill—A bill to make provision about criminal justice (including the powers and duties of the police) and about dealing with offenders; to amend the law relating to jury service; to amend Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and Part 5 of the Police Act 1997; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 69)

8.  Criminal Justice Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 69-EN)

9.  Procedure of the House—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees, on behalf of the Committee of Selection, that the Lord Hoyle be appointed a member of the Select Committee in the place of the Lord Gladwin of Clee deceased; the motion was agreed to.

10.  Personal Bills—It was moved by the Chairman of Committees, on behalf of the Committee of Selection, that the Lord Slynn of Hadley be appointed a member of the Select Committee in the place of the Lord Wilberforce deceased; the motion was agreed to.

11.  Water Bill [HL]—It was moved by the Lord Grocott, on behalf of the Lord Whitty, that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 33
Schedule 1
Clause 34
Schedule 2
Clause 35
Schedule 3
Clauses 36 to 54
Schedule 4

Schedule 8
Clauses 55 to 78
Schedule 5
Schedule 6
Clauses 79 to 93
Schedule 7
Schedule 9
Clauses 94 to 97;

    the motion was agreed to.

12.  Africa (Balloted debate)—It was moved by the Lord Lea of Crondall that there be laid before the House papers relating to progress towards the development of “mutual accountability” with African countries under the aegis of NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development) prior to the G8 summit at Evian; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

13.  Judiciary, legislature and executive (Balloted debate)—It was moved by the Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank that there be laid before the House papers relating to the relationship between the judiciary, the legislature and the executive, and to judicial participation in public controversy; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

14.  Clergy Discipline Measure—It was moved by the Lord Bishop of Winchester that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Clergy Discipline Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

MICHAEL DAVIES

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