HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Monday 15th December 2003
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of St Albans.
1. Leave of AbsenceIt was ordered that leave of absence be granted to the Lord Trotman for the remainder of this Parliament.
2. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Inland RevenueReport for 2002-03 of the Commissioners of Her Majestys Inland Revenue; (6050)
2. Law Commission Reports
(i) Statute Law Revision: Draft Statute Law (Repeals) Bill; (6070)
(ii) Towards a Compulsory Purchase Code: (1) Compensation; (6071)
3. Royal Patriotic Fund CorporationReport for 2002 of the Royal Patriotic Fund Corporation; ()
4. Contingent LiabilityMinute from the Department of Trade and Industry relating to Coalpower Ltd. (in administration). ()
3. Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 71)The following negative instruments, having been laid before the House on12th December, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) Amendment Order 2003, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992; (3179)
2. Animal Test Certificates (Revocation) Regulations 2003, laid under the Medicines Act 1968; (3249)
3. Landfill Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000. ()
4. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. North East London Strategic Health Authority (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2003, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977; (3189)
2. Child Support (Information, Evidence and Disclosure) Amendment Regulations 2003, laid under the Child Support Act 1991; (3206)
3. Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990; (3208)
4. (i) Environmental Protection (Controls on Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2003 (3274)
(ii) Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003 (3272)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972.
5. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Cornwall (Coroners Districts) Order 2003, laid under the Coroners Act 1988; (3224)
2. (i) Accounts for 2002-03 of the Arts Council of England Lottery Distribution Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
(ii) Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of the Arts Council of Wales
laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993.
6. House of Lords Resource Accounts 2002-03The Resource Accounts for the year 2002-03 were laid before the House and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 11)
Select Committee Reports
7. Human RightsThe following Reports from the Joint Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
Deaths in Custody: Interim Report; (First ReportHL Paper 12)
Governments Response to the Committees Ninth Report of Session 2002-03 on the Case for a Childrens Commissioner for England. (2nd ReportHL Paper 13)
8. Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [HL]It was moved by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal that the bill be now read a second time; after debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Grand Committee.
9. Consolidated Fund BillA bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the years ending with 31st March 2004 and 2005 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending with 31st March 2004 and 2005 was brought from the Commons endorsed with the certificate of the Speaker that the bill is a money bill, and read a first time.
10. European Union and the United States (EUC Report)It was moved by the Lord Jopling that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on A Fractured Partnership? Relations Between the European Union and the United States of America (30th Report, Session 2002-03, HL Paper 134); after debate, the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at twenty minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.
Clerk of the Parliaments