Minutes for 6 September 2017
The House met at 3.00pm. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.1
Oath Lord Cullen of Whitekirk took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.
Select Committee Reports
Electoral spending limits: Wales A question was asked by Baroness Humphreys and answered by Lord Young of Cookham.4
Financial services: regulation A question was asked by Lord Leigh of Hurley and answered by Lord Bates.5
Prevent strategy A question was asked by Baroness Warsi and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.6
Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 A question was asked by Lord Howarth of Newport and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.7
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill A bill to make provision enabling relief from non-domestic rates in England and Wales to be conferred in respect of hereditaments used for the purposes of facilitating the transmission of communications by any means involving the use of electrical or electromagnetic energy; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 65)8
Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 65–EN)9
Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [HL] Lord Taylor of Holbeach, on behalf of Earl Howe, moved that the order of commitment of 11 July 2017 committing the bill to a Committee of the Whole House be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.10
National Shipbuilding Strategy Baroness Goldie repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.11
Free childcare entitlements Lord Nash repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.12
National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2017 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath moved that this House regrets that the National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2017, and the associated Mandate to NHS England, do not require that in 2017–18 NHS England meets its obligation to ensure that 92 per cent of patients are treated within 18 weeks of referral; believes that failure to meet this target is a breach of the rights of patients outlined in the NHS Constitution and of the statutory requirement laid out in the National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) Regulations 2012; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to publish the advice they have received on the legality of their actions (SI 2017/445). After debate, the motion was agreed to (see division).13
Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 42A. The House resumed after clause 4 was agreed to.
The House adjourned at 10.11pm until Thursday 07 September at 11.00am.