HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 6° Junii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Guildford.
1. Speakers of the HouseThe Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that Her Majesty had by Commission dated in the afternoon of 6th June 2000 appointed the Lord Bingham of Cornhill (having been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 6th June 2000) and, in his absence, the Lord Slynn of Hadley and, in their absence, the remaining Lords of Appeal in Ordinary in order of seniority of appointment, Speakers of the House for the purpose of hearing and determining appeals and matters connected therewith, in the absence of the Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal.
2. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Thursday 8th June.
3. Dubai Aluminium Company Limited v. Salaam (Respondent) and others (Petitioners) and others and others (Respondents)The petition of Amhurst Brown Martin & Nicholson and Amhurst Brown Colombotti praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 5th May).
4. Government of Italy (Petitioners) v. Urru (Respondent)The petition of the Crown Prosecution Service praying for leave to appeal in accordance with the Administration of Justice Act 1960 was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
5. Regina v. North West Leicestershire District Council and others (Respondents) ex parte Moses (Petitioner)The petition of Joanna Moses praying for leave to appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order II has expired was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
6. Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland (Respondents) v. Bennett and another (A.P.) (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 31st July next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
7. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) ex parte Adan (Respondent)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 13th July next (the agents for the respondent consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed (lodged 31st May).
8. Appeal CommitteeThe 50th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made
Berkeley (Appellant) v. Secretary of State for the Environment and others (Respondents)That the petition of the respondents to adduce further evidence be allowed.
9. Command PaperThe following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
European CommunitiesEuro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and Morocco. (4725)
10. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Census Regulations 2000, laid under the Census Act 1920; (1473)
2. (i) Burma (Freezing of Funds) Regulations 2000 (1472)
(ii) Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (1460)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
3. Transport of Explosives (Safety Advisers) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, laid under the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978; ()
4. (i) International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (1464)
(ii) Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Approval of Fitters and Workshops) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (1465)
laid under the Finance Act 1973.
11. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Civil Courts (Amendment) Order 2000, laid under the Supreme Court Act 1981; (1482)
2. Accounts for 1998-99 of the Scottish Development Office: Erskine Bridge, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Erskine Bridge Tolls Act 1968.
12. Special Procedure OrderThe following special procedure order was laid before the House, together with the certificate of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and ordered to lie on the Table:
Devils Dyke Brighton and Hove Compulsory Rights Order 2000.
13. Instruments coming into operation before being laidThe Lord Chancellor acquainted the House that he had received, under the proviso to section 4(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946, notification that the following instruments had come into operation before being laid before Parliament, with an explanation thereof; the notification and explanation were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000; (1445)
2. Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2000. (1446)
Select Committee Report
14. Science and TechnologyIt was ordered that the evidence taken by Sub-Committee I (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) on 4th April be printed. (HL Paper 48-viii)
15. Regulation of Investigatory Powers BillIt was moved by the Lord Bassam of Brighton that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:
Clauses 1 to 46
Clauses 47 to 57
Clauses 58 to 73
Schedules 3 and 4
the motion was agreed to.
16. Financial Services and Markets BillThe bill was returned from the Commons with an amendment disagreed to but with an amendment proposed in lieu thereof; with an amendment agreed to with an amendment; and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the Commons amendments were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 78)
17. Terrorism BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list); an amendment was moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the House was resumed for a statement; 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 79)
18. Legal aid: Gulf War veterans and sheep farmersThe Countess of Mar asked Her Majestys Government what is the legal aid expenditure to date, and what is the projected funding, for the multi-party actions by Gulf War veterans and sheep farmers; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Chancellor.
The House was adjourned at a quarter-past seven oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.
In the Minutes of Proceedings of 25th May the following item should have been listed as an affirmative instrument and not as a negative instrument:
Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000.