Minutes for 8 January 2020
The House met at 3.00pm. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Rochester.1
Oaths and affirmations The following Lords took and subscribed the oath, or made and subscribed the solemn affirmation, and signed an undertaking to abide by the code of Conduct: Martha Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho Peter Keith Lord Levene of Portsoken Nigel Lord Vinson Leopold David Lord Willoughby de Broke Joan Brownlow Baroness Hanham Lynda Margaret Baroness Clark of Calton Nicholas Edward Lord True Zameer Mohammed Lord Choudrey Charles Lamb Lord Allen of Kensington David Anthony Lord Currie of Marylebone Sally Ralea Baroness Greengross Sandip Baroness Verma2
Barony of Birkett in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Petition of Thomas Birkett claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Birkett in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Lord Birkett on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.
Farming A question was asked by Baroness McIntosh of Pickering and answered by Lord Gardiner of Kimble.4
Integrated security, defence and foreign policy review A question was asked by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale and answered by Earl Howe.5
Creative industries: research and development A question was asked by Baroness Bull and answered by Lord Duncan of Springbank.6
County lines drugs gangs A question was asked by Lord Farmer and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.7
Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill [HL] Lord Foster of Bath presented a bill to require the Secretary of State to ensure that domestic properties have a minimum energy performance rating of C on an Energy Performance Certificate; to make provision regarding performance and insulation of new heating systems in existing properties; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 5)8
Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL] Lord Naseby presented a bill to make provision for members of the House of Lords to vote in elections to the House of Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 6)9
House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] Lord Grocott presented a bill to amend the House of Lords Act 1999 so as to abolish the system of by-elections for hereditary peers. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 7)10
Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill [HL] Lord Bird presented a bill to make provision for requiring public bodies to act in pursuit of the United Kingdom’s environmental, social, economic and cultural wellbeing by meeting wellbeing objectives, publishing future generations impact assessments, accounting for preventative spending, and through public services contracts; to establish a Commissioner for Future Generations for the United Kingdom; to establish a Joint Parliamentary Committee on Future Generations; to require companies to consider the impact of their activities on the United Kingdom’s wellbeing; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 8)11
Referendums Criteria Bill [HL] Lord Cormack presented a bill to make provision concerning referendums within the United Kingdom on constitutional or parliamentary arrangements. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 9)12
Queen's Speech The debate on the motion that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty was resumed and, after further debate, was again adjourned until 9 January.13
European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 Lord Callanan moved that this House, for the purposes of section 2(2)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019, takes note of the Report under section 2(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019, published on 8 November 2019. After debate, the motion was agreed to.14
European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 Lord Callanan moved that this House, in accordance with the provisions of section 13(6)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, takes note of the Written Statement titled “Statement under Section 13(4) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018”, made on 8 November 2019. The motion was agreed to.
The House adjourned at 10.52pm until Thursday 9 January at 11.00am.