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Minutes for 17 December 2020
The House met at 12 noon. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark. (at 12:00)
Item number 1
Lord Lebedev Evgeny Alexandrovich Lebedev, having been created Baron Lebedev, of Hampton in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and of Siberia in the Russian Federation, for life by Letters Patent dated 19 November, was introduced between Lord Bird and Lord Clarke of Nottingham, made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Co… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text (at 12:09)
Item number 2
Retirement The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) informed the House of the retirement with effect from 17 December 2020 of Baroness Wilcox under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014. (at 12:14)
Item number 3
Notification of retirement The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that he had received written notice from Baroness Tonge under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 stating that she would retire from the House on 19 February.
Select Committee Reports
Item number 4
European Union The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed: Scrutiny of international agreements: Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States of America, reported for information. (19th Report, HL Paper 204)
Item number 5
Freight industry: delays A question was asked by Baroness Randerson and answered by Baroness Vere of Norbiton. (at 12:16)
Item number 6
Office for National Statistics: United Kingdom life expectancy A question was asked by Lord Rooker and answered by Lord Bethell. (at 12:27)
Item number 7
Global LGBTI+ rights A question was asked by Lord Collins of Highbury and answered by Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay. (at 12:37)
Item number 8
COVID-19: vaccinations A question was asked by Lord Harris of Haringey and answered by Lord Bethell. (at 12:48)
The House adjourned. The House resumed. (at 12:59)
Item number 9
Heathrow Airport expansion A private notice question was asked by Lord Blunkett and answered by Baroness Vere of Norbiton. (at 13:05)
The House adjourned. The House resumed. (at 13:20)
Item number 10
Trade (Disclosure of Information) Bill Lord Grimstone of Boscobel 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. (at 13:31)
Item number 11
Immigration Rules: supported accommodation Baroness Williams of Trafford answered Questions on an answer to an Urgent Question on the effect of recent changes to the Immigration Rules on numbers of asylum seekers in supported accommodation, asked in the House of Commons on Wednesday 16 December. (at 14:13)
Item number 12
Uighur forced labour: Xinjiang Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay answered Questions on an answer to an Urgent Question on Her Majesty’s Government’s response to evidence of the government of China’s use of Uighur forced labour in Xinjiang, asked in the House of Commons on Wednesday 16 December. (at 14:25)
Item number 13
Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Liability for Wrongful Trading and Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2020 Lord Callanan moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 25 November 2020 be approved. The motion was agreed to. (at 14:37)
The House adjourned. The House resumed. (at 15:23)
Item number 14
Royal Assent The Deputy Speaker (Lord Haskel) notified the Queen's Assent to the following Acts: Taxation (Post-transition Period) Act 2020 c. 26 United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 c. 27 Trade (Disclosure of Information) Act 2020 c. 28 (at 16:00)
The House adjourned at 4.01pm until Tuesday 5 January at 12 noon.
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