Minutes for 29 June 2017

    Chamber

    Public Business
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      Child refugees A question was asked by Lord Dubs and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.
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      Police: senior posts A question was asked by Lord Blair of Boughton and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.
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      Equality: hung parliament A question was asked by Baroness Burt of Solihull and answered by Baroness Vere of Norbiton.
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      Universities: Teaching Excellence Framework A question was asked by the Duke of Wellington and answered by Viscount Younger of Leckie.
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      Registration of Marriage Bill [HL] The Lord Bishop of Peterborough, on behalf of The Lord Bishop of St Albans, presented a bill to make provision about the registration of marriages. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 19)
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      Open Skies Agreement (Membership) Bill [HL] Baroness Randerson presented a bill to promote continued membership of the Open Skies Agreement. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 20)
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      Ecumenical Marriage Bill [HL] Lord Deben presented a bill to make provision for marriages taking place in any Church of England chapel licensed for the solemnization of marriages under sections 20 and 21 of the Marriage Act 1949 to be solemnized according to the rites and ceremonies of Christian denominations other than the Church of England. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 21)
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      Family Relationships (Impact Assessment and Targets) Bill [HL] Lord Farmer presented a bill to require public bodies to accompany any proposal for a change in public expenditure, administration or policy with a family impact assessment; and to require the Secretary of State to report on the costs and benefits of extending family impact assessments to local authorities and to establish and evaluate progress towards objectives and targets for family stability. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 22)
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      Criminal Records Bill [HL] Baroness Butler-Sloss, on behalf of Lord Ramsbotham, presented a bill to amend the length of time for which an individual may have a criminal record under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 23)
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      Deputy Chairmen of Committees The Senior Deputy Speaker moved that the following members be appointed to the panel of members to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this session: Bassam of Brighton, L. Geddes, L.Taylor of Holbeach, L. The motion was agreed to.

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      Artificial Intelligence The Senior Deputy Speaker moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence, and to make recommendations; and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:Bakewell, B. Clement-Jones, L. (Chairman) Giddens, L. Grender, B. Hollick, L. Holmes of Richmond, L. Levene of Portsoken, L.Oxford, Bp. Puttnam, L. Ridley, V. Rock, B. St John of Bletso, L. Swinfen, L. That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes;That the Committee do report by 31 March 2018;That the Report of the Committee be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House. The motion was agreed to.

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      Citizenship and Civic Engagement The Senior Deputy Speaker moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider citizenship and civic engagement, and to make recommendations; and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:Barker, B. Blunkett, L. Harries of Pentregarth, L. Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, L. (Chairman) Lister of Burtersett, B. Morris of Yardley, B.Newlove, B. Pitkeathley, B. Redfern, B. Rowe-Beddoe, L. Stedman-Scott, B. Verjee, L. That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes;That the Committee do report by 31 March 2018;That the Report of the Committee be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House. The motion was agreed to.

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      Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 The Senior Deputy Speaker moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider and report on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006; and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:Arran, E. Byford, B. Caithness, E. Cameron of Dillington, L. (Chairman) Faulkner of Worcester, L. Foster of Bishop Auckland, L.Harrison, L. Mar, C. Parminter, B. Scott of Bybrook, B. Scott of Needham Market, B. Whitaker, B. That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes;That the Committee do report by 31 March 2018;That the Report of the Committee be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House. The motion was agreed to.

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      Political Polling and Digital Media The Senior Deputy Speaker moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider the effects of political polling and digital media on politics, and to make recommendations; and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:Couttie, B. Fall, B. Ford, B. Foulkes of Cumnock, L. Hayward, L. Howarth of Newport, L.Janke, B. Jay of Paddington, B. Lipsey, L. (Chairman) O'Neill of Bengarve, B. Rennard, L. Smith of Hindhead, L. That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes;That the Committee do report by 31 March 2018;That the Report of the Committee be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House. The motion was agreed to.

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      Queen's Speech The debate was resumed on the motion that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows: "Most Gracious Sovereign, We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to thank Your Majesty for the most gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament." After further debate, the motion was agreed to nemine dissentiente, and the Lord Chamberlain was ordered to present the Address to Her Majesty.
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      Sky and 21st Century Fox: proposed merger Lord Keen of Elie repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.
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      Oaths The following Lords took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct: David Garfield Lord Davies of Coity Bertram Stanley Mitford Lord Denham
    The House adjourned at 6.12pm until Monday 03 July at 2.30pm.