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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Tuesday 11th October 2005

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

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Coventry.

1.  Lord Cunningham of Felling—The Right Honourable John Anderson Cunningham, having been created Baron Cunningham of Felling, of Felling in the County of Tyne and Wear, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 27th June 2005, was introduced between the Lord Woolmer of Leeds and the Lord Pendry, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.

Judicial Business

2.  Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Respondents) v. William Grant & Sons Distillers Limited (Appellants) (Scotland)—The appeal of William Grant & Sons Distillers Limited was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 22nd November.

3.  Council for National Parks Limited (Petitioners) v. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (Respondents)—The petition of J William McNamara, Bluestone Holdings Limited and Alfred McAlpine Construction Limited praying for leave to intervene in the said appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

4.  Council for National Parks Limited (Petitioners) v. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (Respondents)—The petition of Pembrokeshire County Council praying for leave to intervene in the said appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

5.  R (on the application of Begum (by her litigation friend, Rahman)) (Respondent) v. Headteacher and Governors of Denbigh High School (Appellants)—The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.

6.  Agassi (Respondent) v. Robinson (Her Majesty’s Inspector of Taxes) (Appellant)—The petition of the appellant praying that the time for lodging the statement and appendix and setting down the cause for hearing might be extended to 16th November (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

7.  Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Group plc (Appellants) v. Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Inland Revenue and another (Respondents)—

8.  Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Group plc (Respondents) v. Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Inland Revenue and another (Appellants)—

    (Consolidated Appeals)—

    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 November (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.

9.  Appeal Committee—The 35th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    R (on the application of Begum (by her litigation friend, Rahman)) (Respondent) v. Headteacher and Governors of Denbigh High School (Appellants)—That the petition of the Secretary of State for Education and Skills that he might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal be allowed.

Papers

10.  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.  Gas—

      (i)  Agreement between the United Kingdom and Ireland relating to the Transmission of Natural Gas through a Second Pipeline and through a Connection to the Isle of Man;  (6674)

      (ii)  Agreement between the United Kingdom and Netherlands relating to the Transmission of Natural Gas through a Pipeline.  (6675)

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

    1.  Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2005, laid under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;

    2.  New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiatives) (No. 2) Order 2005, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  Pensions Ombudsman (Disclosure of Information) (Amendment of Specified Persons) Order 2005, laid under the Pensions Schemes Act 1993;  (2743)

    2.  (i)  Bus Lane Contraventions (Approved Local Authorities) (England) Order 2005—  (2755)

      (ii)  Bus Lanes (Approved Devices) (England) Order 2005—  (2756)

      (iii)  Bus Lane Contraventions (Penalty Charges, Adjudication and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2005—  (2757)

      laid under the Transport Act 2000;

    3.  Tribunals and Inquiries (Bus Lane Adjudicators) (England) Order 2005, laid under the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992;    (2758)

    4.  Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2005, laid under the European Communities Act 1972;    (2773)

    5.  British Nationality (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2005, laid under the British Nationality Act 1981.    (2785)

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

    1.  (i)  Report for 2004-05 of the Rail Passengers Committee Scotland and Caledonian MacBrayne Users Committee—

      (ii)    Report for 2004-05 of the Rail Passengers Council—

      (iii)  Report for 2004-05 of the Rail Passengers Council for Wales—

      laid under the Railways Act 1993;

    2.  Fifth Report of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman on Remedying Maladministration in Central and Local Government, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967;

    3.  Accounts for 2001-02 of Home Grown Sugar Beet (Research and Education) Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Food Act 1984;

    4.  Accounts for 2003-04 of Northern Ireland Commissioner for Oversight, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000;

    5.  Accounts for 2004-05 of Royal Hospital Chelsea, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Chelsea Hospital Act 1876.

Select Committee Report

14.  Merits of Statutory Instruments—The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

    9th Report, on the following affirmative instruments:

      Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2005;

      Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 2005;

    and on the following negative instruments:

      Immigration (Leave to Remain) (Prescribed Forms and Procedures) (No. 2) Regulations 2005;

      Biocidal Products (Amendment) Regulations 2005;

      Employment Equality (Sex Discrimination) Regulations 2005;

      Criminal Defence Service (Funding) (Amendment) Order 2005. (HL Paper 43)

Public Business

15.  Civil Aviation Bill—A bill to make further provision about civil aviation, including provision about the funding of the Air Travel Trust; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 21)

16.  Civil Aviation Bill—It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 21-EN)

17.  Borough Freedom (Family Succession) Bill [HL]—The bill was read a third time and passed and sent to the Commons.

18.  Racial and Religious Hatred Bill—It was moved by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton, on behalf of 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 Committee of the Whole House.

The House was adjourned at twenty-three minutes before eleven o’clock

till tomorrow, half-past two o’clock.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

APPENDIX

PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND COMMITTEE (IN THE MOSES ROOM)

The Committee met at half-past three o’clock.

    Children and Adoption Bill [HL]—The bill was considered in the Grand Committee; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the Committee was adjourned after amendment 23.

The Committee was adjourned at twenty-six minutes before eight o’clock.

 
 
 
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