Minutes for 11 December 2018
The House met at 2.30pm. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of St Albans.1
Notification of retirement The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that he had received written notice from Lord Lester of Herne Hill under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 stating that he would retire from the House on 12 December 2018.
Select Committee Reports
Secondary Legislation Scrutiny (Sub-Committee B) The following Report from the Sub-Committee was made and ordered to be printed: Recommendations on the following: European Structural and Investment Funds Common Provisions (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 Rural Development (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 Rural Development (Rules and Decisions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 Report on certain instruments, including: Draft Nuclear Safeguards (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 Draft Nuclear Safeguards (Fissionable Material and Relevant International Agreements) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018. (9th Report, HL Paper 253)
National Health Service: specialist services in remote areas A question was asked by Lord Beith and answered by Lord O'Shaughnessy.4
International development: co-operation with the European Union A question was asked by Lord Bruce of Bennachie and answered by Lord Bates.5
Buildings: energy performance A question was asked by Lord Stunell and answered by Lord Henley.6
Mobile networks: resilience A question was asked by Lord Lucas and answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.7
European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 Lord Keen of Elie repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.8
Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [HL] The bill was read a third time. The amendment and a privilege amendment were agreed to. Then, after debate, the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.9
Tenant Fees Bill The report was received. Amendments 1 to 12, 14 to 19, 21 and 22, 27, 29 to 33, 35 to 42, 44 to 48, 50 and 51, 53 to 58 and 60 to 71 were agreed to. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 152)10
Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018 Lord Ashton of Hyde moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 October 2018 be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.11
Guidance on Age-verification Arrangements Lord Ashton of Hyde moved that the draft Guidance laid before the House on 25 October 2018 be approved. The motion was agreed to.12
Guidance on Ancillary Service Providers Lord Ashton of Hyde moved that the draft Guidance laid before the House on 25 October 2018 be approved. The motion was agreed to.13
Operation Conifer Lord Lexden moved that this House regrets the failure by Her Majesty’s Government to institute an independent inquiry into Operation Conifer conducted by the Wiltshire police into allegations of child sex abuse against Sir Edward Heath; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to make proposals for an independent review of the seven unsubstantiated allegations left unresolved at the end of Operation Conifer. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.
The House adjourned at 8.56pm until Wednesday 12 December at 3.00pm.