Minutes for 21 April 2020

    Chamber

    Public Business
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      Business of the House (Virtual Proceedings and Topical Questions for Written Answer) Lord Ashton of Hyde, on behalf of the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park), moved that, until further Order– 1. The following proceedings of the House may take place as Virtual Proceedings: Oral Questions, Private Notice Questions, Ministerial Statements, debates (but not decisions) on Statutory Instruments, Questions for Short Debate and motions for debate; 2. The procedure in Virtual Proceedings shall follow, so far as practical, procedure in the House save that– (a) no member may participate unless admitted to the Virtual Proceedings;  (b) the order of speaking in Virtual Proceedings shall be facilitated by the Chair;  (c) the time allotted for Oral Questions shall be extended to 40 minutes to allow up to 10 minutes for each Oral Question; (d) the time allotted to business in Virtual Proceedings may be varied by unanimous agreement of members taking part in the Virtual Proceedings; and (e) Virtual Proceedings may be adjourned between items or classes of business at the discretion of the Chair. 3. A Virtual Proceeding may take place irrespective of whether the House is sitting that day; 4. A member may table one Topical Question for Written Answer in each week during which the House sits, and it is expected that it will be answered within five working days; 5. The provisions of this Order shall be applied in accordance with guidance issued under the authority of the Procedure Committee from time to time, which may vary the provisions of the Companion to the Standing Orders insofar as they apply to Virtual Proceedings. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
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      Business of the House Lord Ashton of Hyde, on behalf of the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park), moved that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with today to allow the Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill (Money Bill) to be taken through its remaining stages. The motion was agreed to.

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      Deputy Chairmen of Committees Lord Ashton of Hyde, on behalf of the Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith), moved that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the panel of members to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this session: Alderdice, L. Bates, L. Duncan of Springbank, L.McNicol of West Kilbride, L. Russell of Liverpool, L. The motion was agreed to. 

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      Science and Technology Lord Ashton of Hyde, on behalf of the Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith),  moved that Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford be appointed a member of the Committee, in place of Baroness Penn. The motion was agreed to.

    The House adjourned. The House resumed.
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      Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill Baroness Williams of Trafford moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the Committee was negatived. Then, Standing Order 46 having been dispensed with, the bill was read a third time and passed.
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      Marriage (Approved Organisations) Bill [HL] The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 14–EN)
    The House adjourned at 5.55pm until Wednesday 22 April at 11.00am.
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      Deaths of Lords The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) informed the Virtual Proceeding that the following members of the House had died: Lord Gordon of Strathblane on 31 March Lord Armstrong of Ilminster on 3 April

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      Retirements The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) informed the Virtual Proceeding that the following members of the House had retired under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014: Earl of Selborne with effect from 26 March Lord Steel of Aikwood with effect from 27 March Lord Brookman with effect from 2 April

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      House of Lords: membership of the House A question was asked by Lord Balfe and answered by Lord True.
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      House of Lords: remote proceedings A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and answered by the Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith).
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      India: scam call centres A question was asked by Lord Naseby and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.
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      COVID-19: removal of restrictions A question was asked by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock and answered by Lord Bethell.