Minutes for 22 January 2020
The House met at 3.00pm. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.1
Oaths and affirmation 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: George Mark Lord Malloch-Brown John Nicholas Lord Rea Hilary Camilla Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice
Gift vouchers A question was asked by Baroness Hollins and answered by Lord Duncan of Springbank.4
Violence against journalists A question was asked by Lord Black of Brentwood and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. [I]5
BBC Charter Review A question was asked by Lord Blunkett and answered by Baroness Barran.6
Health: sepsis A question was asked by Lord Grade of Yarmouth and answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford.7
Wuhan Novel Coronavirus A private notice question was asked by Lord Patel and answered by Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford.8
Storage Period for Gametes Bill [HL] Baroness Deech presented a bill to provide for a review by the Secretary of State of the regulations governing gamete storage periods. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 49)9
Immigration Control (Gross Human Rights Abuses) Bill [HL] Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws presented a bill to enable the Secretary of State or an immigration officer to refuse entry, or to vary or curtail leave to enter or remain which has already been granted, to a person who is known to be, or to have been, involved in gross human rights abuses and who is not a UK or EEA national. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 50)10
Rented Homes Bill [HL] Baroness Grender presented a bill to amend the Housing Act 1988 to abolish assured shorthold tenancies; to extend the grounds upon which landlords of residential housing may recover possession; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 51)11
Victims of Crime (Rights, Entitlements, and Notification of Child Sexual Abuse) Bill [HL] Baroness Brinton presented a bill to make provision for specifying new statutory rights and entitlements for victims of crime under the victims’ code of practice; to require elected local policing bodies to assess victims’ services; to increase the duties of the Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses; to grant victims the right to request a review of a decision not to prosecute; to establish reviews into homicides where no criminal charge has been made; to create an obligation on professions to notify cases of possible victims of child sexual abuse; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 52)12
Cosmetic Surgery (Standards) Bill [HL] Lord Ribeiro, on behalf of Lord Lansley, presented a bill to make provision to include medical practitioners specialising in cosmetic surgery in the Specialist Register for medical practitioners. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 53)13
Release of Prisoners (Alteration of Relevant Proportion of Sentence) Order 2019 Lord Keen of Elie moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 14 October 2019 be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.14
Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (Consequential Amendment) Regulations 2019 Lord Keen of Elie moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 14 October 2019 be approved. The motion was agreed to.
The House adjourned. The House resumed.15
European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill The bill was returned from the Commons with reasons. It was ordered that the Commons reasons be printed (HL Bill 54). The Commons reasons were considered forthwith and Lords amendments 1 to 5 were not insisted on.
The House adjourned at 6.17pm until Thursday 23 January at 11.00am.