HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Jovis 6° Aprilis 2000
The House met at two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Salisbury.
1. Regina v. Ministry of Defence (Respondent) ex parte Walker (Appellant)The Report from the Appellate Committee was agreed to; it was ordered and adjudged that the Order of the Court of Appeal of 5th February 1999 be affirmed and the appeal dismissed; and that there be no order as to costs.
2. Walker (Her Majestys Inspector of Taxes) (Respondent) v. Centaur Clothes Group Limited (Appellants)The Report from the Appellate Committee was agreed to; it was ordered and adjudged that the Order of the Court of Appeal of 25th June 1998 and the Order of Sir John Vinelott of 13th November 1996 be set aside and that the decision of the Special Commissioner for the purpose of the Income Tax Acts of 1st April 1996 be restored; and that the respondent do pay to the appellants their costs in the Chancery Division, in the Court of Appeal and before this House, the amount of such last-mentioned costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
3. Wisely (A.P.) (Respondent) v. John Fulton Plumbers Limited (Appellants) (Scotland)
4. Wadey (Respondent) v. Surrey County Council (Appellants)
The Report from the Appellate Committee was agreed to; it was ordered and adjudged that the Interlocutor of the First Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session in Scotland of 28th January 1998 and the Order of the Court of Appeal of 11th December 1998 be affirmed and the appeals dismissed with costs, the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
5. Kuddus (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Chief Constable of Leicestershire Constabulary (Respondent) (England)The appeal of Omar Kuddus was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 18th May next. The appellants legal aid certificate was lodged.
6. Skerritts of Nottingham Limited (Petitioners) v. Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and others (Respondents)The petition of Skerritts of Nottingham Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 23rd March).
7. Horvath (A.P.) (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)The petition of the European Roma Rights Centre praying for leave to intervene in writing in the said appeal (the agents for the appellant consenting and the agents for the respondent not consenting thereto) was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
8. Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Respondents) v. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Appellants)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 23rd May next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
9. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. HealthMemorandum by the Department of Health in response to the 6th Report by the House of Commons Health Select Committee, Session 1998-99, on procedures related to adverse clinical incidents and outcomes in medical care; (4698)
2. FinanceReport by the Department of Health on the Governments Expenditure Plans for 2000-2001; (4603)
3. Armed ForcesAgreement between the United Kingdom and France concerning Mutual Logistic Support, together with an explanatory memorandum; (4640)
4. DisarmamentAgreement between the United Kingdom and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization on the conduct of activities, including post-certification activities, relating to International Monitoring Facilities for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, together with an explanatory memorandum. (4675)
10. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Dual-Use and Related Goods (Export Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (994)
2. Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Channel Tunnel Act 1987; (913)
3. Immigration (Passenger Information) Order 2000, laid under the Immigration Act 1971; (912)
4. Civil Aviation (Route Charges for Navigation Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Civil Aviation Act 1982; (895)
5. Statute made by Brasenose College, Oxford on 3rd April 2000, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923. ()
11. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report and Accounts for 1998-99 of the Post Office Users National Council, laid under the Post Office Act 1969.
12. Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [HL]The bill was read a third time; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; a privilege amendment was agreed to; then the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.
13. Terrorism BillIt was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton 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.
14. Freedom of Information BillA bill to make provision for the disclosure of information held by public authorities or by persons providing services for them and to amend the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Public Records Act 1958; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 55)
15. Freedom of Information BillIt was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 55-EN)
16. Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL]The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with a privilege amendment; the amendment was considered and agreed to.
17. Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000It was moved by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean that the draft Order laid before the House on 7th March be approved; the motion was agreed to.
18. Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000It was moved by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton that the draft Order laid before the House on 16th March be approved; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
The House was adjourned at half-past eight oclock
to Monday next, half-past two oclock.