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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Lunae 6° Octobris 2003

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Worcester.

1.  Deaths of Lords—The Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that the following members of the House had died:

    Lord Blake on 20th September 2003

    Lord Williams of Mostyn on 20th September 2003

2.  Dukedom of Bedford in the Peerage of England—The Petition of Andrew Ian Henry Russell claiming to have succeeded to the Dukedom of Bedford in the Peerage of England and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as the Duke of Bedford on his register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and was referred to the Lord Chancellor to consider and report upon to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

3.  Barony of Margadale in the Peerage of the United Kingdom—The Lord Chancellor reported that Alastair John Morrison had established his succession to the Barony of Margadale in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The Clerk of the Parliaments was accordingly directed to enter the Lord Margadale on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).

Judicial Business

4.  Rowe (FC) (Petitioner) v. Kingston-upon-Hull City Council and others (Respondents)—The petition of Nicholas Darren Rowe praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s certificate of public funding was lodged.

5.  McCabe (Respondent) v. Cornwall County Council 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 13th November next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 2nd October).

6.  Jindal Iron and Steel Co Limited and others (Appellants) and others v. Islamic Solidarity Shipping Company Jordan Inc (Respondents)—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 9th October (the agents for the respondents not consenting thereto) was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 2nd October).

7.  Stewart (AP) (Respondent) v. Perth and Kinross Council (Appellants) (Scotland)—The respondent’s legal aid certificate was lodged.

Papers

8.  Command Papers—The following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Foreign Affairs—Government response to the 11th Report from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, on Gibraltar; (19th September)    (5954)

    2.  Contingent Liability—Minute dated 24th September concerning liabilities proposed to be accepted by the Secretary of State for Health in connection with the Council for the Regulation of Health Care Professionals; (24th September)    (—)

    3.  Social Security—Report by the Social Security Advisory Committee and statement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Housing Benefit (General) (Local Housing Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2003; (24th September)    (5955)

    4.  Finance—Treasury Minutes on the 26th, 29th to 32nd and 34th Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts; (24th September)    (5962)

    5.  Investment Protection—Agreement between the United Kingdom and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Promotion and Protection of Investments; (24th September)    (5973)

    6.  Competition Commission—Report on the mergers in contemplation involving Safeway plc and Asda Group Limited (owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc); Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC; J Sainsbury plc; and Tesco plc; (26th September)    (5950)

    7.  Social Security—Report by the Social Security Advisory Committee and statement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Social Security (Incapacity Benefit Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2003; (26th September)    (5969)

    8.  Foreign Affairs—Government response to the 10th Report from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, on foreign policy aspects of the war against terrorism; (30th September)    (5968)

    9.  Finance—Treasury Minutes on the 36th, 38th, 39th and 40th Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts; (1st October)    (5963)

    10.  Treaty Series—First Supplementary List of Ratifications, Accessions, Withdrawals, etc. for 2003; (1st October)    (5974)

    11.  Commercial Debts—Exchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Jordan concerning Certain Commercial Debts. (1st October)    (5976)

9.  Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 71)—The following statutory instruments, having been laid before the House on the dates shown, were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:


Title, etc.

S.I. No.
2003

Date of
Laying

Negative instruments

    

Air Route Development (Northern Ireland) Limited (Funding) Order (Northern Ireland) 2003, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000;

19th September

Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2001 (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2003, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

2430

19th September

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2003, laid under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971;

2429

23rd September

Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) (Local Housing Allowance) Amendment Order 2003, laid under the Housing Act 1996;

2398

24th September

Housing Benefit (General) (Local Housing Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;

2399

24th September

Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Bristol Harbour Railway Vehicle Number DB978121) Exemption Order 2003, laid under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995;

2408

24th September

Local Government (Gratuities) (Members of County Councils and County Borough Councils) (Wales) Regulations 2003, laid under the Superannuation Act 1972;

2437

25th September

Protection from Eviction (Excluded Licences) (Royal British Legion Industries Ltd) (England) Order 2003, laid under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977;

2436

25th September

Social Security (Incapacity Benefit Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;

2439

26th September

Employment Zones Regulations 2003, laid under the Jobseekers Act 1995;

2438

26th September

Weighing Equipment (Automatic Rail-weighbridges) Regulations 2003, laid under the Weights and Measures Act 1985;

2454

26th September

Immigration Employment Document (Fees) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2003, laid under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002;

2447

26th September

Local Land Charges (Amendment) Rules 2003, laid under the Local Land Charges Act 1975;

2502

29th September

Park College (Dissolution) Order 2003, laid under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992;

2442

29th September

Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (County of Essex) (District of Harlow) Order 2003, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991;

2440

29th September

Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990;

2512

30th September

Allocation of Housing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003, laid under the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

1st October

Homelessness Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003, laid under the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1988;

1st October

(i)  Motor Vehicles (EC Type Approval) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2003—

2428

1st October

(ii)  Management of Health and Safety at Work and Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 2003—

2457

1st October

  laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

    

Protection of Wrecks (RMS Titanic) Order 2003, laid under the Merchant Shipping and Maritime Security Act 1997;

2496

1st October

(i)  Registered Health Care Profession (Designation) Order 2003—

2461

3rd October

(ii)  Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Visual Recording of Interviews) (Certain Police Areas) (Revocation) Order 2003—

2463

3rd October

  laid under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984;

    

Registered Health Care Profession (Designation No. 2) Order 2003, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1988;

2462

3rd October

(i)  Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003—

2498

3rd October

(ii)  Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) (Extension) (No. 2) Regulations 2003—

2500

3rd October

(iii)  Copyright and Rights in Databases (Amendment) Regulations 2003—

2501

3rd October

  laid under the European Communities Act 1972;

    

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (State Pension Credit and Miscellaneous Amendments) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000;

2526

3rd October

Electronic Communications Code (Conditions and Restrictions) Regulations 2003, laid under the Communications Act 2003.

2553

3rd October

Instrument not subject to parliamentary proceedings

    

Fal and Helford (Prohibition of Scallop Dredging) Order 2003, laid under the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967.

2513

30th September

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

    1.  Adoption Agencies (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Adoption Act 1976;    (2555)

    2.  Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Compensation Limits) Order 2003, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995;  (2559)

    3.  Electricity (Guarantees of Origin of Electricity Produced from Renewable Energy Sources) Regulations 2003, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.  (2562)

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

    1.  Census 2001: Report for Parliamentary Constituencies, laid under the Census Act 1920;

    2.  Report of the making of a Call-Out Order, laid under the Reserve Forces Act 1996;

    3.    (i)  Amendment List 7 to Queen’s Regulations for the Royal Air Force (5th Edition)—

      (ii)  Amendment List 21 to Air Publication 1269A, the Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness—

      laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917.

Public Business

12.  Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill—It was moved by the Lord Warner that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clause 2
Schedule 2
Clauses 3 to 25
Schedule 3
Clauses 26 to 34
Schedule 4
Clauses 35 to 37
Schedule 5
Clauses 38 to 40
Schedule 6
Clause 41
Schedule 7
Clause 42

Schedule 8
Clauses 43 to 143
Schedule 9
Clauses 144 to 146
Schedule 10
Clauses 147 to 180
Schedule 11
Clauses 181 to 183
Schedule 12
Clauses 184 to 186
Schedule 13
Clauses 187 to 192
Schedule 14
Clauses 193 to 198;

    the motion was agreed to.

13.  Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Bill—The order of commitment was discharged.

14.  Legal Deposit Libraries Bill—The order of commitment was discharged.

15.  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 147 stood part.

16.  Business of the House—Further consideration on Report of the Fire Services Bill was postponed until after the Unstarred Question in the name of the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff.

17.  Obesity—The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff asked Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to tackle the threat that obesity poses to the health and well-being of the nation; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Warner.

18.  Fire Services Bill—The bill was further considered on report; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn.

The House was adjourned at six minutes past eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

 
 
 
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