LORDS

House of Lords Journal

Select a session:

2012-13 (245)

Monday 3 December 2012

Minutes of Proceedings

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Guildford.

Select Committee Report

Procedure of the House
The 3rd Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 81) (see Appendix)

Public Business

Iran A question was asked by Lord Wood of Anfield and answered by Baroness Warsi.
European Council: December meeting A question was asked by Lord Liddle and answered by Baroness Warsi.
British Transport Police: firearms A question was asked by Lord Faulkner of Worcester and answered by Earl Attlee.
Immigration A question was asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon and answered by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.
Medical Innovation Bill [HL] Lord Saatchi presented a bill to make provision about innovation in medical treatment. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 61)
Medical Innovation Bill [HL] The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 61–EN)
Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill A bill to make further provision about discrimination against people on the grounds of their mental health was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 62)
Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 62–EN)
10 Prisons (Property) Bill A bill to make provision for the destruction of certain property found in prisons and similar institutions was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 63)
11 Prisons (Property) Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 63–EN)
12 Marine Navigation (No. 2) Bill A bill to make provision in relation to marine navigation and harbours was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 64)
13 Marine Navigation (No. 2) Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 64–EN)
14 Presumption of Death Bill A bill to make provision in relation to the presumed death of missing persons; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 65)
15 Presumption of Death Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 65–EN)
16 Mobile Homes Bill A bill to amend the law relating to mobile homes was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 66)
17 Mobile Homes Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 66–EN)
18 Disabled People's Right to Control (Pilot Scheme) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 Baroness Stowell of Beeston moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 24 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.
19 Electoral Registration Data Schemes (No. 2) Order 2012 Lord Wallace of Saltaire moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 30 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.
20 Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolution) Regulations 2012 Lord Wallace of Saltaire moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 30 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.
21 Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Consequential Amendments) Order 2012 Lord Wallace of Saltaire moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 30 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.
22 Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 Baroness Verma moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 30 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.
23 Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012 Baroness Verma moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 30 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.

Private Business

24 Canterbury City Council Bill After debate, the bill was read a third time. Amendments were agreed to. Then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
25 Leeds City Council Bill The bill was read a third time. Then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
26 Nottingham City Council Bill The bill was read a third time. Then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.
27 Reading Borough Council Bill The bill was read a third time. Then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

Public Business

28 Cumbria (Electoral Changes) Order 2012 Lord Liddle moved that this House regrets that the draft Cumbria (Electoral Changes) Order 2012 has been produced with inadequate consultation with the County Council and other interested parties; without a simultaneous review of the district council ward boundaries with the consequence that the electorate will be confused as to their local representation; and with serious flaws in the process conducted by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) that specifically contravene the requirements of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 that the LGBCE base their recommendations on population forecasts for five years after the Order comes into force, given that the LGBCE admit they do not have the legally required information for 2017. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.
29 Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) Regulations 2012 Lord McNally moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 29 October be approved. Then Lord Pannick moved, as an amendment to the original motion, at end to insert "but that this House regrets that Regulation 53(b) will substantially reduce the availability of legal aid in public law cases because the word ‘reasonable' has been omitted in relation to other means of challenging the relevant decision". After debate, the amendment was withdrawn. Then the original motion was agreed to.
30 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2012 Lord McNally moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 29 October be approved. Then Lord Bach moved, as an amendment to the original motion, to leave out from "that" to the end and insert "this House declines to approve the draft Order laid before the House on 29 October as it does not fulfil the undertaking given by Her Majesty's Government on 17 April; and will mean claimants, including a disproportionate number of disabled people, will not receive legal help on a point of law in first-tier tribunals relating to welfare benefits thus denying them a fair hearing on point of law cases". After debate, the amendment was agreed to (see division). Then the original motion, as amended, was agreed to.
31 Palestine: United Nations General Assembly Resolution A question was asked by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon and, after debate, answered by Baroness Warsi.
32 Legal profession: regulation A question was asked by Baroness Deech and, after debate, answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.
The House adjourned at 9.27pm until Tuesday 4 December at 2.30pm .

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.30pm.
 Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill The Grand Committee considered the bill. The Committee adjourned after amendment 16.
The Committee adjourned at 6.20pm.