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Minutes for 3 February 2020
The House met at 2.30pm. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark. (at 14:30)
Item number 1
Notification of retirement The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that he had received written notice from Lord Brookman under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 stating that he would retire from the House on 2 April 2020.
Item number 2
Operation Midland A question was asked by Lord Lexden and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford. (at 14:37)
Item number 3
Children in care A question was asked by Lord Laming and answered by Lord Agnew of Oulton. (at 14:45)
Item number 4
Public libraries A question was asked by Lord Bird and answered by Baroness Barran. [I] (at 14:52)
Item number 5
Net migration A question was asked by Lord Green of Deddington and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford. (at 14:59)
Item number 6
Workforce Information Bill [HL] Lord Shinkwin presented a bill to make provision for certain employers to be required to publish information about differences in pay relative to protected characteristics. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 82) (at 15:07)
Item number 7
Public Contracts (Modern Slavery) Bill [HL] Lord Hogan-Howe presented a bill to make provision for the avoidance of modern slavery in the procurement of public contracts; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 83) (at 15:08)
Item number 8
Duty to Plan for Terrorism (Consultation) Bill [HL] Lord Harris of Haringey presented a bill to provide for a consultation on the introduction of a Duty to Plan requiring Category 1 responders to plan for terrorist threats and requiring those responsible for places to which the public have access to consider the vulnerability of those places to attack and take measures to mitigat… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text (at 15:08)
Item number 9
Marriage Act 1949 (Amendment) Bill [HL] Baroness Cox presented a bill to amend the Marriage Act 1949 to create an offence of purporting to solemnize an unregistered marriage. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 85) (at 15:09)
Item number 10
Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Repeal) Bill [HL] Lord Mancroft presented a bill to repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011; to make provision about the dissolution of Parliament and the determination of polling days for parliamentary general elections; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 86) (at 15:09)
Item number 11
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] Baroness Vere of Norbiton moved that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order: Clauses 1 to 7 Schedules 1 and 2 Clauses 8 and 9 Schedules 3 and 4 Clause 10 Schedules 5… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text (at 15:10)
Item number 12
Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill [HL] Baroness Barran moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House. (at 15:10)
Item number 13
Global Britain The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons. (at 17:11)
Item number 14
Coronavirus Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons. (at 18:25)
Item number 15
Streatham incident Lord Keen of Elie repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons. (at 18:56)
Item number 16
Terrorism: contest strategy A question was asked by Lord Harris of Haringey and, after debate, answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford. (at 19:40)
Item number 17
House of Lords (Removal of Bishops) Bill [HL] The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 68–EN)
The House adjourned at 8.38pm until Tuesday 4 February at 2.30pm.
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