HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 21° Octobris 2003
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Sheffield.
1. Regina v. Immigration Officer at Prague Airport and another (Respondents) ex parte European Roma Rights Centre and another (FC) and another and others (FC) (Appellants)The petition of the European Roma Rights Centre and RG, praying that their appeals be restored and for leave to give security for costs notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order VI has expired (the agents for the respondents consenting thereto), was presented; and it was ordered as prayed.
2. Adams (FC) (Respondent) v. Bracknell Forest Borough Council (Appellants)The respondents certificate of public funding was lodged.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe 84th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made
Regina v. Police Complaints Authority (Respondents) ex parte Green (FC) (Appellant)That the petition of Andrew Lawrence that he might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal be allowed.
4. Appeal CommitteeThe 85th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Order was made
Moy v. Pettman Smith (a firm) (Original Respondents and Cross-petitioners) and another (Original Appellant and Cross-respondent)That leave to present a petition of cross-appeal notwithstanding that the time limited by Standing Order VII has expired be given; and that the petition of cross-appeal be lodged by 4th November next.
5. Command PapersThe following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Competition CommissionReport on the proposed transfers relating to Newsquest (London) Limited and Independent News and Media plc; (5951)
2. Contingent LiabilityReport by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport of contingent liabilities relating to the loan of a sculpture to the Victoria and Albert Museum. ()
6. Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following paper was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Report and Accounts for 2002-03 of VisitBritain, laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969.
Select Committee Reports
7. European UnionThe following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed, together with the Minutes of Evidence:
The Future of Europe: The Conventions Draft Constitutional Treaty; (41st Report-HL Paper 169)
Is the European Central Bank Working? (42nd Report-HL Paper 170)
8. Statutory InstrumentsThe 28th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) Scheme 2003;
Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Scallops) (England) Order 2003;
Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Scallops) (England) (Amendment) Order 2003;
Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2003;
Draft Postal Services Act 2000 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2003;
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Intrusive Surveillance) Order 2003;
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003;
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003;
Draft Retention of Communications Data (Extension of Initial Period) Order 2003;
Draft Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2003;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 171)
9. Transas Group BillThe bill was brought from the Commons, read a first time and referred to the Examiners.
10. GamblingA message was brought from the Commons that they have amended the Order of that House of 10th July 2003 appointing a Select Committee to join with a Committee of the Lords to consider and report on any clauses of a draft Gambling Bill presented to both Houses by a Minister of the Crown by leaving out the words within the United Kingdom.
11. Courts 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 112)
12. Sustainable Energy BillThe bill was read a third time and passed.
13. Hunting BillThe House resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 1); amendments were agreed to; an amendment to an amendment was moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; then the amendment was agreed to (see division list 2); the House was resumed.
14. Personal debtThe Baroness Wilcox asked Her Majestys Government what is their response to rising levels of personal debt and its social consequences; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville.
The House was adjourned during pleasure.
The House was resumed.
15. Hunting BillThe House again resolved itself into a Committee upon the bill; an amendment was moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; an amendment was agreed to (see division list 3); an amendment was agreed to; the House was resumed after clause 3 stood part.
The House was adjourned at three minutes past ten oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.
Clerk of the Parliaments