Minutes for 20 January 2020
The House met at 2.30pm. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.1
Lord Maclennan of Rogart The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) informed the House that Lord Maclennan of Rogart, a member of the House, had died on 17 January.2
Oath 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: Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell Lord Bishop of Chelmsford Peter Selwyn Gummer Lord Chadlington John Leslie Lord Prescott3
Barony of Birkett in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Lord Chancellor reported that Thomas Birkett had established his claim to the Barony of Birkett in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The Clerk of the Parliaments was accordingly directed to enter Lord Birkett on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).
Kashmir A question was asked by Lord Hussain and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.5
China: Uighurs A question was asked by Baroness Warsi and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.6
Office for Environmental Protection A question was asked by Lord Teverson and answered by Lord Gardiner of Kimble.7
UK Holocaust Memorial A question was asked by Lord Hylton and answered by Viscount Younger of Leckie.8
House of Lords: future location A private notice question was asked by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock and answered by Earl Howe.9
Unconscionable Conduct in Commerce Bill [HL] Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted presented a bill to create an offence of conduct in trade and commerce that is unconscionable; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 37)10
Pavement Parking Bill [HL] Lord Low of Dalston presented a bill to amend the law relating to parking on verges and footways in England outside of Greater London and in Wales. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 38)11
Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia presented a bill to amend the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and make provision in connection with financial settlements following divorce. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 39)12
Video Gaming Health and Wellbeing Strategy Bill [HL] Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe presented a bill to provide for the Secretary of State to develop and publish a video gaming health and wellbeing strategy and to provide for the Secretary of State to develop health advice on video gaming. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 40)13
Duchy of Cornwall Bill [HL] Lord Berkeley presented a bill to amend the succession to the title of Duke of Cornwall; to remove various powers, exemptions and immunities from the Duchy of Cornwall; to make provisions relating to the Treasury Solicitor and any solicitor or attorney appointed in the affairs of the Duchy; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 41)14
European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill The report was received. Amendments 1, 12 and 14 were agreed to (see divisions 1 to 3). The report stage was adjourned after amendment 16.
The House adjourned at 8.55pm until Tuesday 21 January at 11.00am.