HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 27° Novembris 2002
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.
1. Dukedom of Bedford in the Peerage of EnglandThe Petition of Henry Robin Ian Russell claiming to have succeeded to the Dukedom of Bedford in the Peerage of England and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Duke of Bedford on his register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and was referred to the Lord Chancellor to consider and report upon to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.
2. Regina v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) ex parte Amin (FC) (Appellant) (England)The appeal of Imtiaz Amin was presented and it was ordered that in accordance with Standing Order VI the statement and appendix thereto be lodged on or before 8th January next.
3. Olatawura (Petitioner) v. Abiloye (Respondent)The petition of Olakunle Olagoke Olatawura 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 15th August).
4. McNicol (Petitioner) v. Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance Limited (Respondents)The petition of Daniel McNicol 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 23rd August).
5. In re A (a child)The petition of the mother 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 November).
6. Lawal (Petitioner) v. Northern Spirit Limited and others (Respondents)The petition of Adekunle Adejare Lawal 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.
7. In re McParland (AP) (Petitioner) (Northern Ireland)The petition of Joseph McParland praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners legal aid certificate was lodged.
8. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. BudgetPre-Budget Report 2002: Steering a steady course: Delivering stability, enterprise and fairness in an uncertain world; (5664)
2. FinanceTreasury Minutes on the 43rd, 45th, 46th, 53rd, 55th, 58th, 60th, 61st and 62nd Reports, Session 2001-02, from the Committee of Public Accounts; (5676)
3. RegenerationGovernment Response to the House of Commons Transport, Local Government and the Regions Select Committee Report: The Need for a New European Regeneration Framework; (5688)
4. Commercial DebtsExchange of Notes between the United Kingdom and Cameroon concerning Certain Commercial Debts; (5695)
5. Departmental PerformanceAutumn Performance Report 2002 of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (5698)
9. Affirmative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
Draft Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Amendment of section 46(1)) Order 2002, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.
10. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Borough of Blackburn with Darwen and the City of Peterborough (Changes to Years of Elections) Order 2002, laid under the Local Government Act 2000; (2876)
2. Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) (No. 2) Order 2002, laid under the Employment Relations Act 1999; (2927)
3. European Economic Interest Grouping (Fees) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2002, laid under the Finance Act 1973; (2928)
4. Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 5) Regulations 2002, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (2929)
5. National Health Service Act 1977 and National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 (Amendment) Amendment Regulations 2002, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. (2932)
11. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Treasury Minute directing the application of certain amounts as Appropriations in Aid of the Estimates for 2002-03, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000.
Select Committee Report
12. Delegated Powers and Regulatory ReformThe following report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
First Report, on the following bills:
Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill [HL];
Waste and Emissions Trading Bill [HL];
European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL];
and requesting evidence on the proposal for the Draft Regulatory Reform (Housing Management Agreements) Order 2003. (HL Paper 9)
13. Petitions for private billsThe following petitions for private bills were deposited on or before 27th November 2002 pursuant to Standing Order:
Name of Petition
By whom deposited
Bircham Dyson Bell
Nottingham City Council
Bircham Dyson Bell
14. Patients Protection Bill [HL]A bill to prohibit the withdrawal or withholding of sustenance with the intention of causing the death of a patient was presented by the Baroness Knight of Collingtree, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 9)
15. Voting Age (Reduction to 16) Bill [HL]A bill to reduce to 16 the voting age in parliamentary and other elections was presented by the Lord Lucas, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 10)
16. House of Lords ReformA message was received from the Commons that they concur with the message of this House of 14th November relating to House of Lords Reform and have made the following Order:
That, in accordance with the Resolution of the House of 19th June in the last Session of Parliament, a Select Committee of twelve Members be appointed to join with a Committee to be appointed by the Lords, as the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform, with the same terms of reference, powers and membership as in the last session and that the proceedings of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform in the last session of Parliament be referred to the Committee.
17. University finance (5-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Baker of Dorking that there be laid before the House papers relating to the financial situation of British universities; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
18. Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) Bill [HL]The bill was withdrawn.
19. Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill [HL]A bill to amend the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996 was presented by the Lord Donoughue, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 11)
The House was adjourned at twenty-nine minutes past nine oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.