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Minutes for 19 December 2019


The House met at 11.30am.
Item number 1
Queen's Speech The Queen being seated on the Throne, and the Commons being at the Bar with their Speaker, Her Majesty was pleased to make a Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, and then retired. (at 11:30)
The House adjourned. The House resumed at 3:30pm. (at 11:44)
Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester. (at 15:30)
Item number 2
Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to the following members of the House for the remainder of this Parliament: The Marquess of Cholmondeley Lord Hardie The Countess of Mar
Item number 3
Select Vestries Bill The Bill was presented by the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) and read a first time pro forma. (at 15:37)
Item number 4
Queen's Speech The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) reported the Queen’s Speech. Then Lord Lamont of Lerwick moved 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 M… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text (at 15:37)
Item number 5
Senior Deputy Speaker The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) moved that Lord McFall of Alcluith be appointed as Senior Deputy Speaker (Chairman of Committees) for this Session. The motion was agreed to nemine dissentiente. (at 16:34)
Item number 6
Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) moved that the Earl of Kinnoull be appointed Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees (Chair of the European Union Committee) for this Session. The motion was agreed to nemine dissentiente. (at 16:35)
Item number 7
Stoppages in the Street It was ordered that the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis do take care that the passages through the streets leading to this House be kept free and open and that no obstruction be permitted to hinder the passage of Lords to and from this House during the sitting of Parliament; or to hinder Lords in the pursuit of their Parliamentary duties on the Pa… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text (at 17:01)
Item number 8
Members of the House It was ordered that a list of members of the House, prepared by the Clerk of the Parliaments, be published. (HL Paper 1) (at 17:01)
Item number 9
Hereditary Peers: by-elections The Clerk of the Parliaments laid before the House, in accordance with Standing Order 10(5), a register of hereditary peers (other than peers of Ireland) who wish to stand in any by–election for membership of the House held in accordance with section 2(4) of the House of Lords Act 1999; it was ordered that the register be published. (HL Paper 2) (at 17:01)
The House adjourned. The House resumed. (at 16:36)
Item number 10
Oaths The following Lords took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the code of Conduct: Lord Watson of Richmond Lord Northbrook (at 17:01)
Item number 11
Private bills The Chairman of Committees informed the House that, in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 90 (Division of bills between this House and House of Commons), the following Bill should originate in the House of Lords: Highgate Cemetery Bill and that the following Bill should originate in the House of Commons: Monken Hadley Common Bill. (at 17:01)
The House adjourned at 5.04pm until Tuesday 07 January at 2.30pm.
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