HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 12° Martii 2003
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Derby.
1. Archbishop of CanterburyRowan Douglas Lord Archbishop of Canterbury was introduced between the Lord Bishop of London and the Lord Bishop of Durham; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Duke of NorfolkEdward William Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal of England, having received a Writ of Summons in accordance with section 2 of the House of Lords Act 1999 and Standing Order 9(2)(iii) (Hereditary Peers), sat first in Parliament after the death of his father, Miles Francis Duke of Norfolk, having first taken and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Clerk of the ParliamentsThe Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) acquainted the House that he had received the following letter from Sir Michael Davies, K.C.B., Clerk of the Parliaments:
Dear Leader of the House,
I should be grateful if you would inform the House that I have asked the Prime Minister to submit to Her Majesty The Queen my resignation from the office of Clerk of the Parliaments with effect from Monday, 14 July. The Prime Minister has indicated to me that Her Majesty will be informed.
I shall have held the office for some 6½ years, during a period of very great change in the House of Lords. The composition of the House, its working practices and its administration have all been more fundamentally altered during my clerkship than during that of any of my predecessors. The issue of further House of Lords reform remains unsettled, but I believe that it is now right to make way for someone who will take forward the many management and procedural reforms which have recently been introduced.
It has been an immense privilege to have held my historic office at such a challenging time. I have enjoyed my 39 years in the House of Lords more than I can say. I cannot imagine a friendlier place in which to work and I shall take my leave with nothing but happy memories. I shall follow with great interest any progress towards further changes in the House of Lords, trusting that its current role in our parliamentary system is enhanced rather than diminished.
Please would you convey to all members of the House my thanks for their friendship, cooperation and many kindnesses throughout my career.
The letter was read and ordered to lie on the Table.
4. M (a minor) by her father and next friend (AP) (Respondent) v. Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (Petitioners) (Northern Ireland)The respondents legal aid certificate was lodged.
5. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Marine Safety1998 Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974; (5771)
2. CrimeRespect and Responsibility: Taking a Stand Against Anti-Social Behaviour: Government Proposals. (5778)
6. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) Order 2003, laid under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;
2. Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Video Recording of Interviews) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, laid under the Terrorism Act 2000, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.
7. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Pensions Increase (Review) Order 2003 (681)
(ii) Social Security Revaluation of Earnings Factors Order 2003 (517)
laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992;
2. Social Security (Credits) Amendment Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (521)
3. Education (Governors Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Education Act 2002; (523)
4. South of England Virtual Education Action Zone (Extension) Order 2003, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998; (554)
5. Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (661)
6. Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990; (666)
7. National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977. (671)
8. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) that the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Brennan set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that in the name of the Lord Redesdale to 2 hours; the motion was agreed to.
9. Consolidated Fund (No. 2) BillA bill to authorise the use of resources for the service of the years ending on 31st March 2002 and 2003 and to apply certain sums out of the Consolidated Fund to the service of the years ending on 31st March 2002 and 2003 was brought from the Commons endorsed with the certificate of the Speaker that the bill is a money bill and read a first time.
10. Corporate governance (3-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Brennan that there be laid before the House papers relating to the issues of corporate governance, following the recent reports on non-executive directors, auditing and accountancy; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
11. Missile defence: Fylingdales (2-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Redesdale that there be laid before the House papers relating to the policy implications of the decision to upgrade the United States Missile Defence Programme at Fylingdales; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
12. Patients Protection Bill [HL]It was moved by the Baroness Knight of Collingtree 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.
The House was adjourned at twenty minutes before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.