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Minutes for 25 February 2021
The House met at 12.00pm. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle. (at 12:00)
Item number 1
Lord Speaker's Statement The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) informed the House of his intention to stand down from the office of Lord Speaker in April on the appointment of a successor after an election by the whole House. (at 12:07)
Select Committee Reports
Item number 2
International Agreements The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed: Scrutiny of international agreement: Strategic Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Moldova, reported for information. (4th Report, HL Paper 231)
Item number 3
COVID-19: May elections A question was asked by Lord Tyler and answered by Lord True. (at 12:12)
Item number 4
Fishing sector and coastal communities A question was asked by Baroness Fox of Buckley and answered by Lord Gardiner of Kimble. (at 12:24)
Item number 5
Build Back Better Business Council A question was asked by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale and answered by Baroness Penn. (at 12:35)
Item number 6
Australia: news media and digital platforms mandatory bargaining code A question was asked by the Lord Bishop of Oxford and answered by Baroness Barran. (at 12:46)
Item number 7
Communications and Digital The Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith) moved that Lord Lipsey be appointed a member of the Select Committee, in place of Lord Giddens. The motion was agreed to. (at 12:56)
The House adjourned. The House resumed. (at 12:57)
Item number 8
Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2021 Baroness Stedman-Scott moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 12 January be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to. (at 13:01)
The House adjourned. The House resumed. (at 14:17)
Item number 9
Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill The bill was considered in Committee. Amendments 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30 were agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. Then the report was received and, Standing Order 46 having been dispensed with, the bill was read a third time and passed and returned to the Commons… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text (at 14:30)
Item number 10
Fire Safety Bill The bill was returned from the Commons with reasons. The Commons reasons were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 173)
Item number 11
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill The bill was returned from the Commons with amendments and a reason. The Commons amendments and reason were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 174)
The House adjourned at 5.27pm until Monday 1 March at 1.00pm.
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