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Minutes for 17 March 2020
The House met at 2.30pm. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Worcester. (at 14:30)
Item number 1
Lord Speaker's statement The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) made a statement about Parliament's response to COVID-19. (at 14:37)
Select Committee Reports
Item number 2
Secondary Legislation Scrutiny The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed: Drawn to the special attention of the House: Draft Census (England and Wales) Order 2020 Information paragraph on the following instrument: Draft Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020. (9th Report, HL Paper… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Item number 3
Anti-terrorism policy A question was asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford. (at 14:40)
Item number 4
Children: special educational needs A question was asked by Lord Blunkett and answered by Baroness Berridge. (at 14:46)
Item number 5
European Union: negotiations A question was asked by Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town and answered by Lord True. (at 14:54)
Item number 6
Smart motorways A question was asked by Baroness Quin and answered by Baroness Vere of Norbiton. (at 15:03)
Item number 7
COVID-19: business interruption insurance A private notice question was asked by Lord Clement-Jones and answered by Baroness Barran. (at 15:10)
Item number 8
COVID-19 Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons. (at 15:21)
Item number 9
Procedure The Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith) moved that the Report from the Select Committee Appointment of Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body Spokesperson and Sponsor Body members; General and balloted debates for the new parliamentary session; Committee statements; Privileges Committee: consequences of establishing the Conduct Committee; Terms of reference… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text (at 16:03)
Item number 10
Standing Orders (Public Business) The Senior Deputy Speaker (Lord McFall of Alcluith) moved that the standing orders relating to public business be amended as follows: In Standing Order 9(6), leave out “Committee for Privileges” and insert “Committee for Procedure and Privileges” In Standing Order 12(2) and 12(3), leave out “Committee for Privileges and Conduct” and insert “Con… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text (at 16:07)
Item number 11
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] The report was received. Amendments 4 and 10 were agreed to. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 108) (at 16:07)
Item number 12
Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] Lord Keen of Elie 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 19:27)
The House adjourned at 8.23pm until Wednesday 18 March at 3.00pm.
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