HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 1° Novembris 2000
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Oxford.
1. Civil practice directionsThe 75th Report from the Appeal Committee was made and agreed to; it was ordered that the practice directions applicable to civil appeals be revoked and that the new edition agreed by the Committee be promulgated by the Clerk of the Parliaments.
2. Criminal practice directionsThe 76th Report from the Appeal Committee was made and agreed to; it was ordered that the practice directions applicable to criminal appeals be revoked and that the new edition agreed by the Committee be promulgated by the Clerk of the Parliaments.
3. Commissioners of Customs and Excise (Petitioners) v. Plantiflor Limited (Respondents) (England)The appeal of Her Majestys Commissioners of Customs and Excise was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 13th December next.
4. Regina v. Dimsey (Appellant) (On Appeal from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division))The appeal of Dermot Jeremy Dimsey was presented and ordered to be prosecuted subject to the procedures applicable thereto.
5. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Competition CommissionA report on the proposed transfers of Regional Independent Media Limited and Gannett UK Limited/Johnson Press plc/Guardian Media Group plc; (4887)
2. DefenceFramework Agreement between France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom concerning Measures to Facilitate the Restructuring and Operation of the European Defence Industry, together with an explanatory memorandum. (4895)
6. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Video recording of interviews) Order 2000;
2. Draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000.
7. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Highways Noise Payments and Movable Homes (England) Regulations 2000, laid under the Land Compensation Act 1973; (2887)
2. Banking Consolidation Directive (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. (2952)
8. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report for 1999-2000 of Her Majestys Chief Inspector of the Magistrates Courts Service, laid under the Justices of the Peace Act 1997.
Select Committee Report
9. Delegated Powers and DeregulationThe 32nd Report from the Select Committee was made on the following bill:
Countryside and Rights of Way BillGovernment amendments for Report stage;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 114)
10. House of Lords OfficesIt was ordered that a message be sent to the Commons for leave for Mike Bassam Esquire, Director of Finance Policy and an Officer of their House, to attend to be examined as a witness before the Administration and Works Sub-Committee of the Select Committee on the House of Lords Offices.
11. Countryside and Rights of Way BillThe report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 1); an amendment was moved; then it was moved by the Baroness Strange that the noble Lord Lord Greaves be no longer heard; the motion was negatived; then the amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); further consideration on report was adjourned.
12. Children (Leaving Care) Bill [HL]The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with amendments and with a privilege amendment; it was ordered that the Commons amendments be printed. (HL Bill 123)
13. Hepatitis CThe Earl Howe asked Her Majestys Government what plans they have to improve the care and treatment of patients with hepatitis C; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
14. Countryside and Rights of Way BillThe bill was further considered on report; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 3); further consideration on report was adjourned after amendment 70.
The House was adjourned at twenty-seven minutes past one oclock
in the morning of Thursday 2nd November till later the same day,
two oclock in the afternoon for judicial business, three oclock for public business.