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HOUSE OF LORDS

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Thursday 12th October 2006

The House met at eleven o’clock.

PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Coventry.

1.  Lord Jay of Ewelme—Sir Michael Hastings Jay, GCMG, having been created Baron Jay of Ewelme, of Ewelme in the County of Oxfordshire, for life by Letters Patent dated 18th September 2006, was introduced between the Baroness Jay of Paddington and the Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, 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.  R (on the application of Kumar) (Petitioner) v. Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Respondent)—The petition of Ranbir Kumar praying for leave to appeal was presented without payment of the fee, such fee having been waived by the Appeal Committee pursuant to Standing Order XIII; the said petition was referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 8th August).

3.  Marsh and others (Respondents) v. Maggs (t/a BM Builders) (Petitioner)—The petition of Brian Royle Maggs praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

4.  Appeal Committee—The 129th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    Al-Skeini and others (Respondents) v. Secretary of State for Defence (Appellant)—

    Al-Skeini and others (Appellants) v. Secretary of State for Defence (Respondent)—

    (Consolidated Appeals)—

    That the petition of the Aire Centre, Amnesty International Limited, the Association for the Prevention of Torture, the Bar Human Rights Committee, British Irish Rights Watch, Interights, Justice, Kurdish Human Rights Project, the Law Society of England and Wales, Liberty and the Redress Trust that they might be heard in the said appeal be allowed.

5.  Appeal Committee—The 130th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made—

    R v. H (Petitioner)—That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 26th October.

Papers

6.  Command Paper—The following paper, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty, was ordered to lie on the Table:

    Foreign and Commonwealth Office—Report for 2005-06 on Human Rights.    (6916)

7.  Affirmative Instrument—The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:

    Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2006, laid under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.

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

    1.  Report for Autumn 2006 of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland: Corporate Governance, laid under the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002;

    2.  Report for 2005-06 of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, laid under the Energy Act 2004.

Public Business

9.  Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—

10.  Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—

11.  Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—

12.  Electricity Consents (Planning) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006—

    It was moved by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) that the Orders be referred to a Grand Committee en bloc; the motion was agreed to.

13.  Education and Inspections Bill—It was moved by the Lord Grocott, on behalf of the Lord Adonis, that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 6
Schedule 1
Clauses 7 to 17
Schedule 2
Clauses 18 to 30
Schedule 3
Clauses 31 to 36
Schedule 4
Clauses 37 to 54
Schedule 5
Clauses 55 to 67
Schedule 6
Clause 68
Schedule 7
Clauses 69 to 74
Schedule 8
Clause 75
Schedule 9
Clauses 76 to 82
Schedule 10
Clauses 83 to 108
Schedule 11
Clauses 109 to 111
Schedule 12
Clauses 112 to 145
Schedule 13
Clauses 146 to 152
Schedule 14
Clause 153
Schedule 15
Clauses 154 to 156
Schedule 16
Clauses 157 to 165
Schedule 17
Clauses 166 to 174
Schedule 18
Clauses 175 to 181;
the motion was agreed to.

14.  Armed Forces Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the questions that certain clauses stand part of the bill were negatived; the House was resumed.

15.  Euro-zone economy—The Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of current developments in the euro-zone economy; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord McKenzie of Luton.

16.  Armed Forces Bill—The House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 152)

The House was adjourned at fourteen minutes before six o’clock till tomorrow, eleven o’clock.

PAUL HAYTER

  Clerk of the Parliaments

 
 
 
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