Minutes for 28 July 2020
The House met at 12 noon. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Rochester.1
Retirement The Deputy Speaker (Lord Lexden) informed the House of the retirement with effect from 28 July of Lord Darling of Roulanish under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.
Select Committee Reports
Secondary Legislation Scrutiny The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed: Proposed Negative Statutory Instruments laid under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 Drawn to the special attention of the House: Draft Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 Draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020 Correspondence: Flow and volume of Brexit-related secondary legislation Information paragraphs on the following instruments: 16 instruments relating to COVID-19 Draft Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2020 Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2020 Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2020 Criminal Procedure Rules 2020. (24th Report, HL Paper 116)
COVID-19: economic cost A question was asked by Baroness Neville-Rolfe and answered by Baroness Penn.4
Devolution: England A question was asked by Lord Shipley and answered by Lord Greenhalgh.5
Russia: trade A question was asked by Lord Rooker and answered by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel.6
Planning rules A question was asked by Baroness Thornhill and answered by Lord Greenhalgh.
The House adjourned. The House resumed.7
Spain: travel A private notice question was asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon and answered by Baroness Vere of Norbiton.8
Business of the House Lord Ashton of Hyde, on behalf of the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park), moved that with effect from 2 September until further Order members may participate remotely as well as physically in sittings of the Grand Committee (“hybrid Grand Committee”), and that for the purposes of sittings of the hybrid Grand Committee: 1. The procedure shall follow, so far as practical, procedure in Grand Committee save that– a) no member may participate unless they have signed up to the Speakers’ List, b) speakers shall be called by the Chair, and c) sittings may be adjourned between items or classes of business at the discretion of the Chair. 2. Debates on motions relating to statutory instruments and measures in the hybrid Grand Committee (including related instruments debated together) shall be time-limited to 1 or 1½ hours, and this time limit may be varied in accordance with this paragraph with the unanimous agreement of members taking part in the hybrid Grand Committee at the commencement of that sitting. 3. Motions for general debate shall be time limited to 3 hours and this time limit may be varied with the unanimous agreement of the members taking part at the commencement of proceedings. 4. No amendments to bills may be tabled after the deadline prescribed by the Procedure and Privileges Committee. 5. The provisions of this Order shall be applied in accordance with guidance issued under the authority of the Procedure and Privileges Committee from time to time, which may vary the provisions of the Companion to the Standing Orders insofar as they apply to sittings of the hybrid Grand Committee. After debate, the motion was agreed to.9
Business of the House Lord Ashton of Hyde, on behalf of the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) moved that with effect from 2 September topical Questions for Written Answer may no longer be tabled. The motion was agreed to.
The House adjourned. The House resumed.10
Agriculture Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with the resumed debate on amendment 264. Amendment 268 was agreed to. The House resumed.
The House adjourned. The House resumed.11
Agriculture Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 275. Amendments 299 to 311 were agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 130)
The House adjourned at 10.14pm until Wednesday 29 July at 12 noon.