1 Queen’s Speech The Queen being seated on the Throne, and the Commons being at the Bar with their Speaker, Her Majesty was pleased to make a Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, and then retired.
The House adjourned. The House resumed at 3.30pm.
Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
2 Lord Glenamara The Lord Speaker informed the House that Lord Glenamara, a member of the House, had died on 4 May 2012.
3 Select Vestries Bill The Bill was presented by Lord Strathclyde and read a first time pro forma .
4 Queen's Speech The Lord Speaker reported the Queen’s Speech. Lord Cope of Berkeley moved that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows:
“Most Gracious Sovereign,
We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to thank Your Majesty for the most gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.”
The motion was seconded by Baroness Jolly, and the debate was adjourned till tomorrow.
5 Chairman of Committees After debate, Lord Sewel was appointed to take the Chair in all Committees for this Session nemine dissentiente .
6 Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees After debate, Lord Boswell of Aynho was appointed Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees for this Session nemine dissentiente .
7 Stoppages in the Streets It was ordered that the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis do take care that the passages through the streets leading to this House be kept free and open and that no obstruction be permitted to hinder the passage of Lords to and from this House during the sitting of Parliament; or to hinder Lords in the pursuit of their Parliamentary duties on the Parliamentary Estate; and that the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House do communicate this Order to the Commissioner.
8 Members of the House It was ordered that a list of members of the House, prepared by the Clerk of the Parliaments, be published. (HL Paper 1)
9 Hereditary peers: by-elections The Clerk of the Parliaments laid before the House, in accordance with Standing Order 10(5), a register of hereditary peers (other than peers of Ireland) who wish to stand in any by-election for membership of the House held in accordance with section 2(4) of the House of Lords Act 1999; it was ordered that the register be published. (HL Paper 2)