Minutes for 10 January 2019
The House met at 11.00am. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester.1
Retirement The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) informed the House of the retirement with effect from 10 January 2019 of Baroness Howells of St Davids under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.2
Notification of retirement The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that he had received written notice from Lord Mogg under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 stating that he would retire from the House on 14 January 2019.
New Home Building Programme A question was asked by Lord Jordan and answered by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth.4
Brexit: statutory instruments A question was asked by Lord Beith and answered by Lord Callanan.5
China: human rights A question was asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.6
Benefit reforms A question was asked by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester and answered by Baroness Buscombe.7
Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) moved that the debates in Grand Committee on the motions in the names of Lord Nash and Baroness Helic set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours. The motion was agreed to.8
Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration The adjourned debate on the motion of Lord Callanan that this House, for the purposes of section 13(1)(c) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, takes note of the negotiated withdrawal agreement laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community’ and the framework for the future relationship laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom’ was resumed. After debate, the debate on the motion was further adjourned.
The House adjourned at 2.59pm until Monday 14 January at 2.30pm.
The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 12.00pm
Free schools: educational standards (2½-hour debate) Lord Nash moved that the Grand Committee takes note of the contribution made by free schools to improving educational standards. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
Western Balkans (2½-hour debate) Baroness Helic moved that the Grand Committee takes note of developments in the Western Balkans and the threat posed by instability and insecurity in that region. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
The Committee adjourned at 4.34pm.