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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Monday 31st January 2005

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

1.  Lord Kinnock—The Right Honourable Neil Gordon Kinnock, having been created Baron Kinnock, of Bedwellty in the County of Gwent, for life by Letters Patent dated 28th January 2005, was introduced between the Baroness Amos and the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

2.  Birmingham City Council (Respondents) v. Doherty (FC) (Petitioner) and others—The petition of William Doherty praying for leave for an appeal to be brought direct from the High Court of Justice in accordance with Part II of the Administration of Justice Act 1969 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioner’s certificate of public funding was lodged. (lodged 17th January).

3.  R v. Bradley (Petitioner)—The petition of David Benjamin Bradley praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 27th January).

4.  In re Sinn Fein (Appellants) (Northern Ireland)—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 March next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

Papers

5.  Command Paper—The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Housing—Sustainable Communities—People, Places and Prosperity: Government Proposals.    (6425)

6.  Statutory Instrument (Standing Order 71)—The following negative instrument, having been laid before the House on 31st January, was ordered to lie on the Table:

    Registration of Political Parties (Prohibited Words and Expressions) (Amendment) Order 2005, laid under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.    (147)

7.  Affirmative Instruments—The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    1.  Draft Social Security (Inherited SERPS) (Amendment) Regulations 2005, laid under the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    2.  (i)  Draft Pension Protection Fund (PPF Ombudsman) Order 2005, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      (ii)  Draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2005, together with an Explanatory Memorandum—

      laid under the Pensions Act 2004;

    3.  Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2005, laid under the Tax Credits Act 2002, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    4.  Draft Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2005, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    5.  Draft Child Benefit and Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2005, laid under the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    6.  Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2005, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  Transport Act 2000 (Commencement of Quality Contracts Schemes) (England) Order 2005, laid under the Transport Act 2000;    (75)

    2.  Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Metropolitan Borough of Stockport) Order 2005, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991;    (81)

    3.  Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2005, laid under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990;    (85)

    4.  Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1971 (Electronic Commerce) (Amendment) Regulations 2005, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.    (148)

Public Business

9.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) that the Report of the Select Committee on Economic Affairs on Monetary and Fiscal Policy: Present Successes and Future Problems (3rd Report, Session 2003-04, HL Paper 176) be referred to a Grand Committee; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

10.  Child Trust Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2005—It was moved by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee; the motion was agreed to.

11.  Business of the House—It was moved by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) that the debate on any Unstarred Question taken in a Grand Committee shall be limited to one and a half hours; the motion was agreed to.

12.  Renewable Energy Bill [HL]—The order of commitment was discharged.

13.  School Transport Bill—It was moved by the Lord Filkin 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.

14.  Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Disapplication of Part IV for Northern Ireland Parties, etc) Order 2005—It was moved by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) that the draft Order laid before the House on 20th December 2004 be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

15.  Northern Ireland—It was moved by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) that this House takes note of developments in Northern Ireland; after debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House was adjourned at a quarter past eight o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

1.  

JUDICIAL BUSINESS

TUESDAY 1ST FEBRUARY

At half-past ten o’clock

In Committee Room No. 1

APPELLATE COMMITTEE

Further hearing in the cause:

Hinchy (Respondent) v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Appellant)

At half-past ten o’clock

In Committee Room No. 2

APPELLATE COMMITTEE

Further hearing in the cause:

JD (FC) (Appellant) v. East Berkshire Health Authority (Respondents) and two other actions (FC)

 
 
 
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