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House of Lords Journal

The Journal is the formal and authoritative summary record of the proceedings of the House of Lords. Each Journal contains the attendance, minutes (including voting lists) and papers, along with some committee reports, for every day the House sat during a parliamentary session. Each sessional volume is indexed.

Journal for 19 December 2012

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Lichfield.

Select Committee Report

1 Banking Standards
The following Report from the Joint Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

First report. (1st Report, HL Paper 98)

Private Business

2 Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011 Lord Geddes, on behalf of the Chairman of the Joint Committee, reported that the Committee had adjourned until Wednesday 16 January 2013, that being the next date that the Committee can meet.

Public Business

3 Royal Assent The Lord Speaker (Baroness D’Souza) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts and Measure:

Civil Aviation Act

c 19

Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Act

c 20

Financial Services Act

c 21

Police (Complaints and Conduct) Act

c 22

Small Charitable Donations Act

c 23

Church of England Marriage (Amendment) Measure

No 1

4 Armed forces: long-term care A question was asked by Lord Empey and answered by Lord Astor of Hever.

5 European Union: United States free trade agreement A question was asked by Lord Anderson of Swansea and answered by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint.

6 World Sepsis Declaration A question was asked by Baroness Greengross and answered by Earl Howe.

7 Finance: peer-to-peer lending A question was asked by Baroness Wheatcroft and answered by Lord Sassoon.

8 Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) (No. 2) Order 2013 Viscount Younger of Leckie moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 7 November be approved. The motion was agreed to.

9 Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges Bill The order of commitment was discharged.

10 Public Service Pensions Bill Lord Newby 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.

11 Subsidiarity assessment: regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Fund for European Aid (EUC Report) Lord Boswell of Aynho moved to resolve that this House considers that the Commission proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (COM(2012)617, Council Document 15865/12) does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity, for the reasons set out in the 6th Report of the European Union Committee (HL Paper 87); and, in accordance with article 6 of the Protocol on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, instructs the Clerk of the Parliaments to forward this reasoned opinion to the Presidents of the European institutions. The motion was agreed to.

12 Afghanistan Lord Astor of Hever repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

13 Local Government: provisional finance settlement Baroness Hanham repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

The House adjourned at 3.54pm until Tuesday 8 January at 2.30pm.

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 12 noon.

Defamation Bill The Grand Committee further considered the bill, beginning with amendment 11. Amendments were agreed to. The debate on amendment 23A was adjourned.

The Committee adjourned at 3.59pm.