HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Wednesday 12th October 2005
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Coventry.
1. Lord ManceThe Right Honourable Sir Jonathan Hugh Mance, Knight, a Lord Justice of Appeal, having been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and created Baron Mance, of Frognal in the London Borough of Camden, for life by Letters Patent dated 3rd October 2005, was introduced between the Lord Hoffmann and the Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Lord Turner of EcchinswellJonathan Adair Turner Esquire, having been created Baron Turner of Ecchinswell, of Ecchinswell in the County of Hampshire, for life by Letters Patent dated 7th September 2005, was introduced between the Lord Weidenfeld and the Lord May of Oxford, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. OathJeremy Nicolas Lord Hutchinson of Lullington took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
4. Leave of AbsenceIt was ordered that leave of absence be granted to the Lord Ewing of Kirkford for the remainder of this Parliament.
5. Leave of AbsenceLeave of absence was granted to the Lord Chancellor for Friday 14th October.
6. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) v. K (Appellant)The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
7. Kay and others and another (FC) (Appellants) v. London Borough of Lambeth and others (Respondents)The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
8. Command PapersThe following papers, having been presented to the House by command of Her Majesty on the dates shown, were ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Foreign and Commonwealth OfficeReport for 2004-05 of the Global Opportunities Fund; (6665)
2. International Labour ConferencePresentation of a Recommendation adopted at the 92nd Session of the International Labour Conference (2004) and the proposed action by the United Kingdom on the Recommendation; (6666)
3. FinanceTreasury Minutes on the Twenty-third, Twenty-fifth to Twenty-sixth and Twenty-eighth to Thirtieth Reports from the Committee of Public Accounts, Session 2004-05; (6668)
4. DefenceDepartmental Minute concerning the gifting of military equipment to the Iraqi Government. ()
9. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Draft Civil Partnership (Miscellaneous and Consequential Provisions) Order 2005, laid under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;
2. Draft Social Security (Inherited SERPS) (Amendments relating to Civil Partnership) Regulations 2005, laid under the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;
3. Draft Family Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 2005, laid under the Courts Act 2003, together with an Explanatory Memorandum;
4. Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2005, laid under the Access to Justice Act 1999, together with an Explanatory Memorandum.
10. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Family Procedure (Adoption) Rules 2005 (2795)
(ii) Justices Clerks (Amendment) Rules 2005 (2796)
(iii) Courts Act 2003 (Revocations, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2005 (2804)
laid under the Courts Act 2003;
2. (i) Children (Allocation of Proceedings) (Amendment No. 2) Order 2005 (2797)
(ii) Parental Responsibility Agreement (Amendment) Regulations 2005 (2808)
laid under the Children Act 1989;
3. Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Mandatory Life Sentences: Appeals in Transitional Cases) Order 2005, laid under the Criminal Justice Act 2003. (2798)
11. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Report on proposed changes to the laws against terrorism, laid under the Terrorism Act 2005;
2. Accounts for 2004-05 of National Savings Ordinary Deposits, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Savings Bank Act 1971;
3. Accounts for 2004 of the Crown Agents Holding and Realisation Board, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Crown Agents Act 1979;
4. Minute from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs concerning Indemnities for Members of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee;
5. Report for 2004-05 of the Council of Tribunals, laid under the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992.
Select Committee Reports
12. Constitution CommitteeThe following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
2nd Report, Second Progress Report 2005-06; (HL Paper 47)
3rd Report, on the Identity Cards Bill 2005-06. (HL Paper 44)
13. Delegated Powers and Regulatory ReformThe following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
3rd Report, on the following bills:
Regulation of Financial Services (Land Transactions) Bill;
Interception of Communications (Admissibility of Evidence) Bill [HL];
Racial and Religious Hatred Bill;
Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Bill [HL]Government response;
Children and Adoption Bill [HL]Government response. (HL Paper 45)
14. Statutory InstrumentsThe 4th Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 2005 (2558);
Draft Weights and Measures (Miscellaneous Foods) (Amendment) Order 2005;
Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2005.
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 46)
15. NHS Redress Bill [HL]A bill to make provision about arrangements for redress in relation to liability in tort in connection with services provided as part of the health service in England or Wales; and for connected purposes was presented by the Lord Warner, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 22)
16. NHS Redress Bill [HL]It was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 22-EN)
17. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) that Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday 20th October to allow the motion standing in the name of the Lord Dholakia to be taken before the motion standing in the name of the Baroness Scott of Needham Market; the motion was agreed to.
18. Charities Bill [HL]The report was received; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; amendments were disagreed to (see division lists 1, 3 and 4); an amendment was agreed to (see division list 2); further consideration on report was adjourned.
19. Natural Environment and Rural Communities BillA bill to make provision about bodies concerned with the natural environment and rural communities; to make provision in connection with wildlife, sites of special scientific interest, National Parks and the Broads; to amend the law relating to rights of way; to make provision as to the Inland Waterways Amenity Advisory Council; to provide for flexible administrative arrangements in connection with functions relating to the environment and rural affairs and certain other functions; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 23)
20. Natural Environment and Rural Communities BillIt was ordered that the Explanatory Notes relating to the bill be printed. (HL Bill 23-EN)
21. United Nations Convention Against TortureThe Baroness DSouza asked Her Majestys Government what they are doing to meet their obligations as a party to the United Nations Convention Against Torture; after debate, the question was answered by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton.
22. Charities Bill [HL]The bill was further considered on report; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the House) withdrawn; an amendment was disagreed to (see division list 5); further consideration on report was adjourned after amendment 60.
The House was adjourned at ten oclock
till tomorrow, a quarter before ten oclock for judicial business,
eleven oclock for public business.
Clerk of the Parliaments
PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND COMMITTEE (IN THE MOSES ROOM)
The Committee met at half-past three oclock.
Children and Adoption Bill [HL]The bill was further considered in the Grand Committee; amendments were agreed to; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; the Committee was adjourned after clause 2 stood part.
The Committee was adjourned at twenty-eight minutes before eight oclock.