Minutes for 18 December 2018

    Chamber

    Public Business
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      Nigeria: intercommunal violence A question was asked by Lord Suri and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.
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      Scotland: transport policing A question was asked by Lord Faulkner of Worcester and answered by Lord Duncan of Springbank.
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      Operation Conifer: Sir Edward Heath A question was asked by Lord Lexden and answered by Baroness Barran.
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      National Health Service: waiting times A question was asked by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe and answered by Lord O'Shaughnessy.
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      Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill The report was received.
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      Student tuition fees and maintenance loans Lord Bates repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.
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      Operation of Air Services (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 Baroness Sugg moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 October 2018 be approved. Then Lord Foulkes of Cumnock moved, as an amendment to the above motion, at end insert “but regrets that the effect of a no deal exit from the European Union risks grounding all civil aircraft after 29 March 2019; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to seek United Kingdom membership of the European Common Aviation Area in its own right to prevent such an outcome.” After debate, the amendment was withdrawn. Then the original motion was agreed to.
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      Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order 2018 Lord Keen of Elie moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 5 November 2018 be approved. Then Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames moved, as an amendment to the above motion, leave out from "that" to the end and insert "this House declines to approve the draft Order, because it would be an abuse of the fee-levying power, since the proposed increased fees substantially exceed the cost involved in making grants of probate and would amount to a tax, which should only be introduced, if at all, by primary legislation.” After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (see division 1). Then Lord Beecham moved, as an amendment to the motion in the name of Lord Keen of Elie, at end insert "but this House regrets that the draft Order will introduce a revised non-contentious probate fee structure considered by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee to be “so far above the actual cost of the service [it] arguably amounts to a stealth tax and, therefore, a misuse of the fee-levying power” under section 180 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014; and that this Order represents a significant move away from the principle that fees for a public service should recover the cost of providing it and no more." The amendment was agreed to (see division 2). Then the original motion, as amended, was agreed to.
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      Gaming Machine (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocation) Regulations 2018 Viscount Younger of Leckie, on behalf of Lord Ashton of Hyde, moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 15 November 2018 be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
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      Modernising Defence Programme Earl Howe repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.
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      Good Work Plan Lord Henley repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.
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      Accounts and Reports (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 Lord Henley moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 31 October 2018 be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
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      Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 Lord Henley moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 6 November 2018 be approved. The motion was agreed to.
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      Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 Lord O'Shaughnessy moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19 November 2018 be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
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      Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 Lord O'Shaughnessy moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19 November 2018 be approved. The motion was agreed to.
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      Quality and Safety of Organs Intended for Transplantation (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 Lord O'Shaughnessy moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19 November 2018 be approved. The motion was agreed to.
    The House adjourned at 9.46pm until Wednesday 19 December at 3.00pm.