HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Wednesday 9th June 2004
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle.
1. Lord KalmsSir Harold Stanley Kalms, Knight, having been created Baron Kalms, of Edgware in the London Borough of Barnet, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 1st June 2004, was introduced between the Lord Harris of Peckham and the Lord Feldman, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Lord BhattacharyyaSir Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya, Knight, CBE, having been created Baron Bhattacharyya, of Moseley in the County of West Midlands, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 3rd June 2004, was introduced between the Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde and the Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Kent County Council (Appellants) v. G and others (Respondents) (England)The appeal of Kent County Council was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 21st July next (lodged 8th June).
4. Mark (Respondent) v. Mark (Appellant) (England)The appeal of David Alechenu Mark was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 21st July next.
5. Regina v. Ashworth Hospital Authority (now Mersey Care National Health Service Trust) (Appellants) ex parte Munjaz (FC) (Respondent)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 30th June next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
6. Appeal CommitteeThe following Orders were made pursuant to the 45th Report:
Szoma (FC) (Petitioner) v. Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions (Respondent)That the petition be referred for hearing.
Rowland (Petitioner) v. Environment Agency (Respondents)That leave to appeal be refused.
7. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
Asylum and ImmigrationGovernment Response to the Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs on Asylum and Immigration Appeals. (6236)
8. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Medicines (Advertising) Amendment Regulations 2004 (1480)
(ii) Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (1487)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
2. (i) Consumer Credit (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2004 (1481)
(ii) Consumer Credit (Agreements) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (1482)
(iii) Consumer Credit (Early Settlement) Regulations 2004 (1483)
(iv) Consumer Credit (Advertisements) Regulations 2004 (1484)
laid under the Consumer Credit Act 1974;
3. Immigration Employment Document (Fees) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2004, laid under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002; (1485)
4. Education and Libraries (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order (Northern Ireland) 2004, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000. ()
9. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland on the Use of Consultants, laid under the Northern Ireland Act 2000.
Select Committee Report
10. Constitution CommitteeThe 7th Report from the Select Committee, on the Gangmasters (Licensing) Bill, was made and ordered to be printed. (HL 108)
11. Age-Related Payments BillA bill to make provision for payments by the Secretary of State to persons over the age of 70; and to enable provision to be made for payments by the Secretary of State to persons over the age of 60 was brought from the Commons endorsed with the certificate of the Speaker that the bill is a money bill, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 85)
12. Age-Related Payments BillIt was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 85-EN)
13. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) that the debates on the motions in the names of the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey and the Earl of Northesk set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours; the motion was agreed to.
14. LiaisonIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the First Report from the Select Committee be agreed to; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
15. Department for International Development (2½-hour debate)It was moved by the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey that there be laid before the House papers relating to international development and the Departmental Report 2004 of the Department for International Development; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
16. Personal debt (2½-hour debate)It was moved by the Earl of Northesk that there be laid before the House papers relating to levels of personal debt, including mortgage debt; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
17. Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (Disclosure of Donor Information) Regulations 2004It was moved by the Baroness Andrews that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 4th May be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
18. Health Professions (Operating Department Practitioners and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2004It was moved by the Baroness Andrews that the draft Order laid before the House on 28th April be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at eight minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.
Clerk of the Parliaments
PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND COMMITTEE (IN THE MOSES ROOM)
The Committee met at half-past three oclock.
Employment Relations BillThe bill was further considered in the Grand Committee; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the Committee was adjourned after clause 27 stood part.
The Committee was adjourned at twenty-four minutes past seven oclock.