HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Lunae 12° Junii 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.
1. Highland and Universal Properties Limited (Respondents) v. Safeway Properties Limited (Appellants) (Scotland)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 25th July next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
2. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 48th Report:
Regina v. Leeds Crown Court (Respondents) ex parte Wardle (A.P.) (Petitioner)That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 26th June next.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe 51st Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made
Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Daly (A.P.) (Petitioner)That the respondent be invited to lodge objections by 26th June next.
Mainwaring (Petitioner) v. Encyclopaedia Britannica International Limited and another (Respondents)That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
Gallagher (Petitioner) v. Berrow Wood School Limited and others (Respondents)That the petition be dismissed as inadmissible.
McGrath (Respondent) v. Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and another (Petitioners) (Northern Ireland)That the respondent be invited to lodge objections by 26th June next.
Banco Nacional de Cuba (Respondents) v. Cosmos Trading Corporation (Petitioners)That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d) and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
Humphreys and others (Respondents) v. Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford (Petitioners)That the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 26th June next.
Monsanto plc (Respondents) v. Tilly and others (Petitioners) and others and one other actionThat the respondents be invited to lodge objections by 26th June next.
4. Command PapersThe 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. CrimeExchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Sweden extending the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters to the Isle of Man; (9th June) (4726)
2. Atomic Energy-Amendments of Articles VI and XIV of the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency, together with an explanatory memorandum; (9th June) (4754)
3. European CommunitiesGovernment Response to the Report of the European Communities Committee on Biodiversity in the European Union; (9th June) (4712)
4. HuntingReport of the Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales. (12th June) (4763)
5. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Criminal Justice Act 1993 (Extension of Group A Offences) Order 2000.
6. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Seeds (Fees) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964; (1542)
2. Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Building Act 1984; (1554)
3. (i) Social Security (Benefits for Widows and Widowers) (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000 (1483)
(ii) Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (General) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000; (1471)
laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;
4. (i) Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Consequential Amendments) (Police) Order 2000 (1549)
(ii) Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Consequential Amendments of Subordinate Legislation) (Fire etc Authority) Order 2000 (1553)
(iii) Transport for London (Specified Activities) Order 2000 (1548)
(iv) GLA Roads and Side Roads (Transfer of Property etc.) Order 2000 (1552)
(v) London Regional Transport (Transitional Modifications) Order 2000 (1504)
laid under the Greater London Authority Act 1999;
5. Greater London Highways and Road Traffic (Various Provisions) Order 2000, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1991; (1547)
6. Highways (Traffic Calming) (Amendment) Regulations 2000, laid under the Highways Act 1980; (1511)
7. (i) Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2000 (1493)
(ii) Town and Country Planning (London Spatial Development Strategy) Regulations 2000 (1491)
laid under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
7. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Supreme Court Fees (Amendment No. 3) Order 2000, laid under the Supreme Court Act 1981; (1544)
2. County Court Fees (Amendment No. 3) Order 2000, laid under the County Courts Act 1984; (1546)
3. Accounts for 1999 of the General Medical Council, laid under the Medical Act 1983.
8. Licensing (Young Persons) BillA bill to make provision in connection with the sale and consumption of intoxicating liquor in cases involving persons under eighteen; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 81)
9. Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation BillThe bill was considered on report.
10. Financial Services and Markets BillThe Commons amendments were considered; an amendment to a Commons amendment in lieu of a Lords amendment was disagreed to (see division list); then the Lords amendment was not insisted on and the Commons amendment in lieu was agreed to; a Commons amendment to a Lords amendment was agreed to.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
11. Regulation of Investigatory Powers BillAfter debate, the House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was agreed to; the House was resumed.
12. Government Resources and Accounts BillThe bill was reported from a Grand Committee with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 82)
13. National Health ServiceThe Lord Harris of Haringey asked Her Majestys Government what response they have to the issues raised and recommendations made by the Commission on the National Health Service, chaired by Mr Will Hutton, and published as New Life for Health in April 2000; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.
14. Regulation of Investigatory Powers BillThe 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 after clause 11 stood part.
The House was adjourned at twenty-six minutes before midnight
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.
Government Resources and Accounts BillThe bill was considered in a Grand Committee; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; it was ordered that the bill be reported with amendments.