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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Martis 15° Julii 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Chester.

Judicial Business

1.  Regina v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Petitioner) ex parte Hooper and others (Respondents)—The petition of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

2.  Barclays Mercantile Business Finance Limited (Respondents) v. Mawson (Her Majesty’s Inspector of Taxes) (Appellant)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

3.  Cream Holdings Limited and others (Respondents) v. Banerjee and others (Appellants)—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 2nd October next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

Papers

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

    1.  International Labour—Protocol and two Recommendations adopted at the 90th Session of the International Labour Conference and the proposed Government action;    (5870)

    2.  Gambling—Modernising Britain’s Gambling Laws: Draft Gambling Bill;    (5878)

    3.  Broadcasting—Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the British Broadcasting Corporation.    (—)

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

    1.  Asylum Support Appeals (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2003, laid under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;    (1735)

    2.  Social Fund Winter Fuel Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.    (1737)

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

    1.  Report for 2001-02 on the standards of decision making in the Benefits Agency, Child Support Agency and Employment Service, laid under the Social Security Act 1988;

    2.  Review for 2002-03 of the Youth Justice Board, laid under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998;

    3.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Castle Vale Housing Trust—

      (ii)  Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Liverpool Housing Action Trust—

      (iii)  Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Tower Hamlets Housing Action Trust—

      (iv)  Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Stonebridge Housing Action Trust—

      laid under the Housing Act 1988;

    4.  Reports for 2002 of the Medicines Act 1968 Advisory Bodies, laid under that Act;

    5.  (i)  Report for 2002-03 of the Postal Services Commission—

      (ii)     Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of Postwatch—

      laid under the Postal Services Act 2000;

    6.  (i)  Report for 2002-03 of the Equal Opportunities Commission—

      (ii)     Accounts for 2002-03 of the Equal Opportunities Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      laid under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975;

    7.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency for Northern Ireland—

      (ii)     Report and Accounts for 2002-03 the Planning Service for Northern Ireland—

      (iii)     Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Land Registers of Northern Ireland—

      laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000;

    8.  Accounts for 2001-02 of the Staff Commission for Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland, laid under the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986;

    9.  Review of the Registrar General on Marriages, Divorces and Adoptions in England and Wales in 2001, laid under the Registration Service Act 1953;

    10.  Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the British Library, laid under the British Library Act 1972, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

    11.  Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Information Commissioner, laid under the Data Protection Act 1998, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

    12.  Accounts for 2002-03 of the Teacher Training Agency, laid under the Education Act 1994, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

    13.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of ABRO, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (ii)     Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of OGC buying solutions, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (iii)     Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Medicines Control Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973;

    14.  Accounts for 2002-03 of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, laid under the Education Act 1997, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

    15.  Accounts for 2002-03 of the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council, laid under the Utilities Act 2000, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

      16.  (i)  Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Millennium Commission—

      (ii)     Accounts for 2002-03 of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      (iii)     Accounts for 2002-03 of the Sports Council for Wales Lottery Distribution Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General—

      laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993;

    17.  Accounts for 2002-03 of the Salford and Trafford Education Action Zone, laid under the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General;

    18.  Accounts for 2002-03 of the Strategic Rail Authority, laid under the Transport Act 2000, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Select Committee Reports

7.  Statutory Instruments—The 26th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Vienna Document 1999 (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2003;

      Draft Policing of Airports (Belfast City) Order 2003;

    it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 154)

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

    Future of Europe: Progress Report on the Draft Constitutional Treaty and the IGC; (35th Report-HL Paper 150)

    Supplementary Report on the Effect of the European Court of Justice Judgments of 5th November 2002 on Aviation Relations Between the European Union and the United States of America, together with the Minutes of Evidence; (36th Report-HL Paper 151)

    Current Developments in European Foreign Policy, together with the Minutes of Evidence; (37th Report-HL Paper 152)

    EU/US Agreements on Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance, together with the Minutes of Evidence. (38th Report-HL Paper 153)

Public Business

9.  Criminal Justice Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; the question that a clause stand part of the bill was disagreed to (see division list); an amendment was moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the questions that certain clauses stand part of the bill were disagreed to; the House was resumed.

10.  Gulf War illnesses—The Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty’s Government what new help they are considering for service men and women with Gulf War illnesses; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Bach.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

11.  Criminal Justice Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed after clause 56 stood part.

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

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

 
 
 
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