HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Mercurii 15° Octobris 2003
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.
1. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Friday 17th October.
2. Regina v. Her Majestys Commissioners of Inland Revenue (Respondents) ex parte Wilkinson (FC) (Petitioner)The petition of Adrian John Wilkinson praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee. The petitioners certificate of public funding was lodged.
3. Gorringe (by her litigation friend June Elizabeth Todd) (FC) (Appellant) v. Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (Respondents)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 20th November next (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto) was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
4. Instrument withdrawnThe following instrument, laid before the House on 11th September, was withdrawn:
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003.
5. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Armed ForcesAccumulated Campaign Service Medal; (5979)
2. Competition CommissionReport on the proposed merger between ARLA Foods amba and Express Dairies plc; (5983)
3. FinanceTreasury Minute on the Twenty-second, Twenty-eighth and Thirty-fifth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts; (5984)
4. CorruptionCriminal Law Convention on Corruption and Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, together with an Explanatory Memorandum. (5990)
6. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2003, laid under the Dentists Act 1984, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;
2. Draft Police (Complaints) (Informal Resolution) Regulations 2003, laid under the Police Act 1996, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;
3. Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003, laid under the Investigatory Powers Act 2000, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;
4. Draft Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2003, laid under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.
7. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2003, laid under the Electronic Communications Act 2003; (2604)
2. Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rating (Demand Notices) (England) Regulations 2003, laid under the Government Finance Act 1988; (2613)
3. Immigration (Passenger Transit Visa) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2003, laid under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; (2628)
4. Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992; (2634)
5. Creosote (Prohibition on Use and Marketing) (No. 2) Amendment Regulations 2003, laid under the European Communities Act 1972; (2650)
6. Police Trainee (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000. ()
8. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report and Accounts 2002-03 for English Heritage, laid under the National Heritage Act 1983;
2. Accounts for 2002-03 of the following Education Action Zones, together with the Reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General;
(iii) Hastings and St Leonards
(iv) Kitts Green and Shard End
laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
Select Committee Report
9. Constitution CommitteeThe 9th Report from the Select Committee, on the draft Constitutional Treaty for the European Union, was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 168)
10. London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill [HL]The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with amendments; the amendments were considered and agreed to.
11. Crime (International Cooperation) Bill [HL]The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to with amendments; it was ordered that the Commons amendments be printed (HL Bill 110).
12. Criminal Justice BillAfter debate, the House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; the House was resumed.
13. African Development StrategiesThe Lord Lea of Crondall asked Her Majestys Government what progress has been made on African Development Strategies; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord President (Baroness Amos).
14. Criminal Justice BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; amendments were agreed to; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 2); the House was resumed and the bill was reported with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 111)
The House was adjourned at thirteen minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.
Clerk of the Parliaments