HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Wednesday 16th June 2004
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Sheffield.
1. Lord Howard of RisingGreville Patrick Charles Howard Esquire, having been created Baron Howard of Rising, of Castle Rising in the County of Norfolk, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 4th June 2004, was introduced between the Lord Willoughby de Broke and the Lord Fellowes, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Lord Hart of ChiltonGarry Richard Rushby Hart Esquire, having been created Baron Hart of Chilton, of Chilton in the County of Suffolk, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 4th June 2004, was introduced between the Baroness Blackstone and the Lord Irvine of Lairg, the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod and Garter King of Arms preceding; and took and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
3. Appeal CommitteeThe 56th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made
Januzi (FC) (Petitioner) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)That the respondent be invited to lodge objections by 30th June.
Hariri (FC) (Petitioner) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)That leave to appeal be refused; that the costs of the petitioner be taxed in accordance with the Access to Justice Act 1999; and that the respondent be at liberty to apply for his costs in accordance with direction 5.1(c); and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.
4. Affirmative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Draft Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Establishment of Conservation Board) Order 2004, together with an Explanatory Memorandum
(ii) Draft Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Establishment of Conservation Board) Order 2004, together with an Explanatory Memorandum
laid under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000;
2. Draft Social Security (Income Support and Jobseekers Allowance) Amendment Regulations 2004, together with an Explanatory Memorandum, laid under the Jobseekers Act 1995;
3. Draft Representation of the People (Form of Canvass) (England and Wales) Regulations 2004, together with an Explanatory Memorandum, laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983.
5. Negative InstrumentThe following instrument was laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
Education (Prohibition from Teaching or Working with Children) (Amendment) Regulations 2004, laid under the Education Act 2002. (1493)
Select Committee Reports
6. Constitution CommitteeThe 8th Report from the Select Committee, on the Civil Contingencies Bill, was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 114)
7. Delegated Powers and Regulatory ReformThe following reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:
19th Report, on the following bills:
Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) BillGovernment amendments for Committee on Recommitment;
Children Bill [HL]Government amendment for Report Stage;
Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill;
Highways (Obstruction by Body Corporate) Bill;
Life Peerages (Residency for Taxation Purposes) Bill [HL]; (HL Paper 115)
20th Report, on the Draft Regulatory Reform (Patents) Order 2004. (HL Paper 116)
8. Business of the HouseIt was moved by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) that the debates on the motions in the names of the Lord Phillips of Sudbury and the Lord McNally set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours; the motion was agreed to.
9. Procedure of the HouseIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that the 2nd Report from the Select Committee be agreed to; then it was moved by the Lord Marlesford, as an amendment thereto, at end to insert with the exception of item 2 (Proposal for a Joint European Committee), which is referred back to the Committee; after debate, the amendment was (by leave of the House) withdrawn; then the original motion was agreed to.
10. Gambling (Regional Casinos)It was moved by the Chairman of Committees that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on the Governments response to recommendations 79, 80, 81, 83, 84 and 85 of the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill (Cm. 6253), which focus upon the definition, location and economic and other implications of the largest casinos; and the further statement of Government policy on casinos published with Cm. 6253;
That a Committee of eight Lords be appointed to join with a Committee appointed by the Commons for this purpose;
That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the Lords following be named of the Committee:
|L. Brooke of Sutton Mandeville |
L. Faulkner of Worcester
|B. Golding |
L. Wade of Chorlton
That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;
That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;
That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;
That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;
That the reports of the Committee from time to time shall be printed, notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;
And that the Committee do report by 22nd July 2004;
the motion was agreed to and a message was ordered to be sent to the Commons to acquaint them therewith.
11. Access to justice (2½-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord Phillips of Sudbury that there be laid before the House papers relating to matters which may inhibit access to justice; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
12. Employment Relations BillThe bill was reported from the Grand Committee with amendments; it was ordered that the bill be printed as amended. (HL Bill 88)
13. Local government and regional assemblies (2½-hour debate)It was moved by the Lord McNally that there be laid before the House papers relating to the case for moving power from Westminster and Whitehall to local government and democratically-elected regional assemblies; after debate, the motion was (by leave of the House) withdrawn.
1. 14. Gangmasters (Licensing) BillIt was moved by the Lord Carter 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 six minutes before ten oclock
till tomorrow, eleven oclock.
Clerk of the Parliaments
PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND COMMITTEE (IN THE MOSES ROOM)
The Committee met at half-past three oclock.
Employment Relations BillThe bill was further considered in the Grand Committee; amendments were moved and (by leave of the Committee) withdrawn; amendments were agreed to; it was ordered that the bill be reported with amendments.
The Committee was adjourned at sixteen minutes past five oclock.