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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Die Jovis 20° Novembris 2003

The House met at eleven o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Rochester.

Judicial Business

1.  Marks and Spencer plc (Petitioners) v. Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Respondents)—The petition of Marks and Spencer plc praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

Papers

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

    1.  Air Navigation (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2003, laid under the Civil Aviation Act 1982;    (2905)

    2.  Veterinary Surgeons’ Qualifications (European Recognition) Order 2003, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;    (2919)

    3.  Parliamentary Commissioner Order 2003, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967;    (2921)

    4.  Transfer of Functions (European Parliamentary Pay and Pensions) Order 2003, laid under the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975;    (2922)

    5.  Sustainable Energy (CHP Provisions) Order 2003, laid under the Sustainable Energy Act 2003.    (2987)

3.  Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings—The following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Accounts for the year ended 31st July 2003 of the General Chiropractic Council, laid under the Chiropractors Act 1994.

Public Business

4.  Criminal Justice Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons on Wednesday 19th November with certain Lords amendments disagreed to but with amendments proposed to the words so restored to the bill; with consequential amendments to the bill; and with the remaining Lords amendment agreed to; the Commons amendments were printed pursuant to Standing Order 51 (HL Bill 126).

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

5.  Criminal Justice Bill—The Commons amendments were considered; a motion that the House do insist on a Lords amendment and propose consequential amendments to the bill was agreed to (see division list 1); a motion that the House do insist on a Lords amendment was agreed to (see division list 2); a motion that the House do insist on certain Lords amendments and do disagree with a Commons amendment was agreed to (see division list 3); a Committee was appointed to propose reasons for such insistences and disagreement.

    The Lords following were named of the Committee:

    Kingsland, L.

    Scotland of Asthal, B.

    Walmsley, B.

    The Committee reported that they had proposed the following reason in respect of the insistence on Lords amendment 33:

      “Because the Lords maintain their view that it is inappropriate to make provision for prosecution applications for certain complex or lengthy trials to be conducted without a jury.”;

    and the following reason in respect of the insistence on Lords amendments 121 and 126 and the Lords disagreement to Commons amendment 131H:

      “Because it is inappropriate to allow propensity evidence to be introduced as a matter in issue going towards guilt; and because it is inappropriate for children to be covered by the provisions on bad character.”.

    The Report was agreed to.

    A Lords amendment was not insisted on, Commons amendments to the words so restored to the bill were agreed to, and a Lords amendment to the words so restored to the bill was agreed to, the remaining Lords amendment was not insisted on and Commons amendments to words so restored to the bill were agreed to; then the bill was returned to the Commons with reasons.

6.  Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with the Commons disagreement to a Lords amendment insisted on but with a consequential amendment to the bill, and with the Commons disagreement to the remaining Lords amendment insisted on but with amendments proposed to the words so restored to the bill; the Commons message was considered forthwith; the Lords amendments were not insisted on and the Commons amendments were agreed to.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

7.  Criminal Justice Bill—The bill was returned from the Commons with a Lords amendment agreed to; with a Commons amendment to which the Lords had disagreed not insisted on; with the Commons disagreement to the remaining amendments insisted on but with amendments to the words so restored to the bill and with a consequential amendment to the bill; the Commons message was considered forthwith; the Lords amendments were not insisted on and the Commons amendments were agreed to.

The House was adjourned during pleasure.

The House was resumed.

8.  Royal Commission—The Lords Commissioners being seated, the Lord Chancellor in the middle with the Lord President (Baroness Amos) and the Lord Thomson of Monifieth on his right-hand and the Lord Strathclyde and the Lord Donaldson of Lymington on his left and the Commons being present at the Bar with their Speaker, the Commission for Royal Assent and Prorogation dated this day was read.

9.  Royal Assent—The following Acts, passed by both Houses of Parliament, received Royal Assent:

Water Actc.37
Anti-social Behaviour Actc.38
Courts Actc.39
Ragwort Control Actc.40
Extradition Actc.41
Sexual Offences Actc.42
Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Actc.43
Criminal Justice Actc.44
Transas Group Actc. v

10.  The Queen’s Speech—The Queen’s Speech was delivered by the Lord Chancellor.

11.  Prorogation—Parliament was prorogued to Wednesday, 26th November instant.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

 
 
 
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