11 House of Lords: membership Lord Steel of Aikwood moved that, notwithstanding the normal practice of the House, this House resolves that no introductions of new Peers shall take place until the recommendation in paragraph 67 of the First Report of the Leader’s Group on Members Leaving the House, chaired by Lord Hunt of Wirral (HL Paper 83, Session 2010–12), has been followed. Then Lord Hunt of Kings Heath moved, as an amendment to the above motion, to leave out from "that" in line 1 to the end and insert "this House affirms the recommendation in paragraph 67 of the First Report of the Leader’s Group on Members Leaving the House, chaired by Lord Hunt of Wirral (HL Paper 83, Session 2010–12), that "restraint should be exercised by all concerned in the recommendation of new appointments to the House"; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to support proposals, in line with legislation passed by this House, to:
(a) allow members of the House to retire permanently from the House;
(b) provide for the exclusion from the House of any member who does not attend the House during a Session save where that member has leave of absence in respect of the Session in accordance with Standing Orders of the House, or where a Session is less than six months long; and
(c) provide that a member who is convicted of a serious offence and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of more than one year shall not attend the sittings of the House.".
After debate, the amendment was agreed to (see division). Then the original motion, as amended, was agreed to.
13 Research Council UK: open access policy (S&T Report) A question was asked by Lord Krebs and, after debate, answered by Lord Popat.
15 Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Tax Billing, Collection and Enforcement Functions) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013
Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013
Gateshead and Northumberland (Boundary Change) Order 2013
East Hertfordshire and Stevenage (Boundary Change) Order 2013
Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2013
Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2013
National Employment Savings Trust (Amendment) Order 2013
The Grand Committee reported that it had considered the draft statutory instruments.