Minutes for 21 January 2020

    Chamber

    Select Committee Reports
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      Secondary Legislation Scrutiny The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed: Report on the following instruments: Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) (Amendment) Order 2019 Public Interest Merger Reference (Gardner Aerospace Holdings Ltd. and Impcross Ltd.) (Pre-emptive Action) Order 2019 Public Interest Merger Reference (Mettis Aerospace Ltd.) (Pre-emptive Action) Order 2019 Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 Information paragraphs on certain instruments, including: National Health Service (General Dental Services Contracts and Personal Dental Services Agreements) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 Police Appeals Tribunal Rules 2020 Police (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2020 Police (Performance) Regulations 2020 Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020. (2nd Report, HL Paper 7)
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      Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed: Report on the following bills: Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill. (2nd Report, HL Paper 8)
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      European Union The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed: Scrutiny of international agreements: treaties considered on 21 January 2020, including the following which are reported for information: Agreement establishing an Economic Partnership Agreement between the Southern African Customs Union Member States and Mozambique, of the one part and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Georgia Agreement establishing an Association between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Lebanon Agreement establishing an Association between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Tunisia. (2nd Report, HL Paper 9)
    Public Business
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      European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Standing Order 40(1) having been dispensed with, the report stage was continued, beginning with amendment 17. The debate on amendment 18 was adjourned.
    The House adjourned. The House resumed.
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      Defence: Type 45 destroyers A question was asked by Lord West of Spithead and answered by Baroness Goldie.
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      United Kingdom: system of government A question was asked by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock and answered by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen.
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      Health: alcohol abuse A question was asked by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.
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      National Health Service: Accident and Emergency waiting time target A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford.
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      Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] Lord Keen of Elie presented a bill to give effect to Law Commission recommendations relating to commencement of enactments relating to sentencing law and to make provision for pre-consolidation amendments of sentencing law. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 42)
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      Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 42–EN)
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      Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill [HL] Lord Paddick presented a bill to prohibit the publication of certain information regarding persons who have been arrested until they have been charged with an offence; to set out the circumstances where such information can be published without committing an offence; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 43)
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      Small Business Commissioner and Late Payments etc Bill [HL] Lord Mendelsohn presented a bill to make provision to amend the statutory limits for payment of invoices; make provision for a statutory time limit for resolving payment disputes; amend interest for late payments and penalties for persistent late payments and non-compliance; prohibit specified payment practices, on-boarding and pay-to-stay; require payments becoming due under public sector construction projects to be held in project bank accounts; amend the remit, role and powers of the Small Business Commissioner in regard to late payments; provide for a duty on auditors to publish late payment data; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 44)
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      Small Business Commissioner and Late Payments etc Bill [HL] The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 44–EN)
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      Certificate of Loss Bill [HL] Baroness Benjamin presented a bill to make provision for a certificate to be issued to mothers in respect of miscarried and still-born children not eligible for registration under the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953; to establish a database for archiving the certificate and recording information about the miscarriage or still-birth; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 45)
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      Digital Economy Act 2017 (Commencement of Part 3) Bill [HL] Baroness Howe of Idlicote presented a bill to bring into force the remaining sections of Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 46)
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      Armed Forces (Posthumous Pardons) Bill [HL] Lord Cashman presented a bill to make provision to provide posthumous pardons to armed forces personnel convicted of, or cautioned for, certain abolished offences. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 47)
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      European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill The report stage was continued, beginning with the adjourned debate on amendment 18. Amendments 18 and 20 were agreed to (see divisions 1 and 2). The amendments were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 48)
    The House adjourned. The House resumed.
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      European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Lord Ashton of Hyde signified the Queen's consent. Then, Standing Orders 46 and 48 having been dispensed with, the bill was read a third time. Then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
    The House adjourned at 8.44pm until Wednesday 22 January at 3.00pm.