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2012-13 (245)

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Minutes of Proceedings

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Worcester.
Oath Matthew White Viscount Ridley took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.
Leave of Absence The leave of absence granted to Lord Carter of Barnes was ended.
Lordship of Napier in the Peerage of Scotland and Barony of Ettrick in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Petition of Sir Francis David Charles Napier claiming to have succeeded to the Lordship of Napier in the Peerage of Scotland and the Barony of Ettrick in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Lord Napier and Ettrick on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

Select Committee Reports

Statutory Instruments
The following Report from the Joint Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
19th Report on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Draft Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2013
Draft Financial Services Act 2012 (Mutual Societies) Order 2013
Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2013
Draft Global Green Growth Institute (Legal Capacities) Order 2013
Draft Loss of Tax Credits Regulations 2013
Draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2013
Draft Representation of the People (Election Expenses Exclusion) Order 2013. (HL Paper HL 118)
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
14th Report, on the following bills:
Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill
Succession to the Crown Bill
Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill
Antarctic Bill
Presumption of Death Bill
Mobile Homes Bill. (HL Paper 121)

Private Business

Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011 The Order was reported from the Joint Committee without amendment. A Special Report was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 120)

Public Business

Ministerial Code A question was asked by Baroness Miller of Hendon and answered by Lord Wallace of Saltaire.
Health: healthcare assistance A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and answered by Earl Howe.
Heathrow Airport A question was asked by Lord Spicer and answered by Earl Attlee.
10 Economy: inflation A question was asked by Lord Barnett and answered by Lord Deighton.
11 Press regulation Lord Gardiner of Kimble repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.
12 Prisons (Property) Bill The bill was read a third time and passed.
13 Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 Lord De Mauley moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 January be approved. The motion was agreed to.
14 Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) Regulations 2012 Earl Howe moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 December 2012 be approved. The motion was agreed to.
15 Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (Council Tax Increases) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 January be approved. The motion was agreed to.
16 Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013 Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 January be approved. The motion was agreed to.
17 Local Government Finance Act 2012 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2013 Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 10 January be approved. The motion was agreed to.
18 Universal Credit Regulations 2013 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 December 2012 be approved. Then Baroness Sherlock moved, as an amendment to the original motion, at end to insert "but that this House regrets that the Regulations will not achieve their aim of making work pay for all and in fact will provide lower work incentives for 2.1 million households; will have the effect of penalising savers; will result in a cut in childcare support for working families; will result in cuts to the income of some of the poorest and most vulnerable in the country and will have a disproportionate impact on women and lone parent families; do not meet the needs of disabled people; do not provide adequate treatment of small businesses and the self-employed; and risk pushing many families into arrears and homelessness". After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (see division). Then the original motion was agreed to.
19 Partnerships (Prosecution) (Scotland) Bill [HL] The bill was reported from the Special Public Bill Committee without amendment.
20 Partnerships (Prosecution) (Scotland) Bill [HL] The proceedings (with evidence) of the Special Public Bill Committee were ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 119)
21 Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2013 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 December 2012 be approved. The motion was agreed to.
22 Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations 2013 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 December 2012 be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
23 Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 December 2012 be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
24 Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2013 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 13 December 2012 be approved. Then Lord McKenzie of Luton moved, as an amendment to the original motion, at end to insert "but that this House is concerned about the impact of the replacement of Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment; is concerned about the lack of a full impact assessment on carers; regrets the lack of a cumulative impact assessment of all the changes hitting disabled people; regrets the fact that vital safeguards have not been introduced to ensure that additional pressure is not put on carers, that people do not lose their freedom to work and that they are not driven to already stretched NHS or social care services; believes that while Disability Living Allowance needed reform it should have been started with the needs of disabled people and not with a budget cut; notes that some 600,000 fewer people will be in receipt of Personal Independence Payment by May 2018 compared to those who would have been entitled under Disability Living Allowance; and further notes that some 25,000 disabled people could be forced to give up their jobs because they can no longer afford the extra costs of getting to work". After debate, the amendment was withdrawn. Then the original motion was agreed to.
25 Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2013 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 December 2012 be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
26 Social Security (Payments on Account of Benefit) Regulations 2013 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 December 2012 be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
27 Social Security (Loss of Benefit) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 January be approved. The motion was agreed to.
The House adjourned at 10.53pm until Thursday 14 February at 11.00am .
Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2013