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Minutes for 25 March 2021
The House met at 12 noon. Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle. (at 12:00)
Item number 1
Notification of retirement The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that he had received written notice from Lord Ryder of Wensum under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 stating that he would retire from the House on 12 April.
Item number 2
Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to Baroness Howarth of Breckland for the remainder of this Session.
Item number 3
Baroness Blake of Leeds Judith Vivienne Blake, CBE, having been created Baroness Blake of Leeds, of Gledhow in the City of Leeds, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 1 February 2021, was introduced between Lord Kennedy of Southwark and Lord Blunkett, made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct. (at 12:07)
Select Committee Reports
Item number 4
International Agreements The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed: Scrutiny of international agreements: Free Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Turkey (with Exchange of Letters), reported for special attention Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of G… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text
Item number 5
Bahrain: human rights abuses A question was asked by Lord Scriven and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. (at 12:12)
Item number 6
Child Trust Funds: children with learning disabilities A question was asked by Lord Young of Cookham and answered by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar. (at 12:25)
Item number 7
Yemen A question was asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. (at 12:35)
Item number 8
Gypsies, Travellers and Roma: racism and discrimination A question was asked by Lord Woolley of Woodford and answered by Lord Greenhalgh. (at 12:46)
Item number 9
Post Brexit: economic and political opportunities A question to the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office was asked by Lord Rooker and answered by Lord Frost. (at 12:57)
Item number 10
Northern Ireland and Great Britain: trade A question to the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office was asked by Lord Hain and answered by Lord Frost. (at 13:08)
Item number 11
Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland A question to the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office was asked by Baroness Crawley and answered by Lord Frost. (at 13:19)
The House adjourned. The House resumed. (at 13:30)
Item number 12
Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill The Commons Amendments were considered. Motion A Lords amendment 18 was not insisted on, and Commons amendments 18A, 18B, 18C, 18D and 18E in lieu were agreed to. (at 13:37)
The House adjourned. The House resumed. (at 14:07)
Item number 13
COVID-19: One year report Lord Bethell moved that, for the purposes of section 99 of the Coronavirus Act 2020, this House takes note of the One year report on the status of the non-devolved provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020, published on 22 March 2021. The House adjourned. The House resumed. After debate, the motion was agreed to. (at 14:30)
Item number 14
COVID-19 pandemic and the Coronavirus Act 2020 Baroness Brinton moved that this House expresses its sorrow at the 126,000 deaths in the United Kingdom caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; regrets that Her Majesty’s Government failed to learn the lessons from the earlier stages of the pandemic in order to prepare for the winter of 2020/21 and is therefore continuing to treat each deve… Item text truncated - open link to view full item text (at 19:00)
Item number 15
Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and Restrictions: All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Lord Bethell moved that the Regulations laid before the House on 5 March be approved. The motion was agreed to. (at 19:14)
Item number 16
Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 Lord Bethell moved that the Regulations laid before the House on 22 March be approved. The motion was agreed to. (at 19:14)
The House adjourned at 7.14pm until Monday 12 April at 1.00pm.
The House adjourned. The House resumed. (at 18:24)
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