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2012-13 (245)

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Minutes of Proceedings

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle.
Royal Assent The Lord Speaker (Baroness D’Souza) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:
Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Act
c 13
Finance Act
c 14

Select Committee Reports

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
8th Report, on the following instrument:
Draft Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. (HL Paper 36)
Science and Technology
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:
Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. (2nd Report, HL Paper 37)

Public Business

National Health Service: primary care trusts A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and answered by Earl Howe.
National Health Service: mental illness A question was asked by Baroness Thornton and answered by Earl Howe.
Social care: sustainable funding A question was asked by Lord Warner and answered by Earl Howe.
Olympic Games 2012: traffic A question was asked by Lord Lea of Crondall and answered by Earl Attlee.
Draft Electricity and Gas (Smart Meters Licensable Activity) Order 2012 Lord Marland moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.
Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 Baroness Verma moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 12 June be approved. The motion was agreed to.
10 Banking Standards Lord Strathclyde moved:
1. That the Commons message of 16 July be considered and that a Committee of five Lords be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons as the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, to consider and report on:
(a) professional standards and culture of the UK banking sector, taking account of regulatory and competition investigations into the LIBOR rate-setting process;
(b) lessons to be learned about corporate governance, transparency and conflicts of interest, and their implications for regulation and for Government policy;
and to make recommendations for legislative and other action;
2. That, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 63(2), the following members be appointed to the Committee:
Bp Durham
B Kramer
L Lawson of Blaby
L McFall of Alcluith
L Turnbull;
3. That the Chairman of the Commission be appointed by the House of Commons;
4. That the Commission shall, except as provided for in this order, follow the procedure of a select committee of the House of Commons;
5. That the Commission have power:
(a) to send for persons, papers and records;
(b) to examine witnesses on oath;
(c) to appoint specialist advisers;
(d) to invite specialist advisers (including Counsel appointed as specialist advisers) to examine witnesses;
(e) to adjourn from place to place;
6. That the Commission have leave to report from time to time and that the Reports of the Commission shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House;
7. That the evidence taken by the Commission shall, if the Commission so wishes, be published;
8. That the Committee appointed by the House of Lords have power to report to the House any decision of the Commission reached pursuant to paragraph 9 of the Commons resolution of 16 July;
9. That the Commission shall have power to appoint sub-committees to consider matters specified by the Commission within the terms of this order and a sub-committee shall have:
(a) the powers in paragraph 5(a), (b) and (e); and
(b) the power to invite specialist advisers appointed by the Commission (including Counsel appointed as specialist advisers) to examine witnesses;
10. That the quorum of the Commission shall be two members of each House;
11. That the quorum of any sub-committee shall be one member from either House; and
12. That the Commission shall report on legislative action no later than 18 December 2012 and on other matters as soon as possible thereafter.
The motion was agreed to and a message was sent to the Commons.
11 Future of defence equipment and support Lord Astor of Hever repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.
12 Justice and Security Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 53. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.
13  Designation of Features (Appeals) (England) Regulations 2012
Public Bodies (Abolition of Environment Protection Advisory Committees) Order 2012
Public Bodies (Abolition of Regional and Local Fisheries Advisory Committees) Order 2012
Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2012
Equality Act 2010 (Age Exceptions) Order 2012
The Grand Committee reported that it had considered the draft statutory instruments.
14 Education (Exemption from School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1293) Baroness Hughes of Stretford moved that this House regrets that the Education (Exemption from School Inspection) (England) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1293) are both unnecessary and counterproductive as they would undermine the principle of all public services being inspected on a regular basis; undermine the professional oversight that is an essential part of good school governance; and run the risk of damaging children in cases where schools that have not been inspected then go into decline. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.
15 Justice and Security Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 67A. The House resumed after amendment 68.
The House adjourned at 10.32pm until Wednesday 18 July at 3.00pm .

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.30pm.
 Designation of Features (Appeals) (England) Regulations 2012 Lord Taylor of Holbeach moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Designation of Features (Appeals) (England) Regulations 2012. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
 Public Bodies (Abolition of Environment Protection Advisory Committees) Order 2012 Lord Taylor of Holbeach moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Public Bodies (Abolition of Environment Protection Advisory Committees) Order 2012. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
 Public Bodies (Abolition of Regional and Local Fisheries Advisory Committees) Order 2012 Lord Taylor of Holbeach moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Public Bodies (Abolition of Regional and Local Fisheries Advisory Committees) Order 2012. The motion was agreed to.
The Committee adjourned. The Committee resumed.
 Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2012 Lord Sassoon moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2012. The motion was agreed to.
 Equality Act 2010 (Age Exceptions) Order 2012 Baroness Verma moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Equality Act 2010 (Age Exceptions) Order 2012. After debate, the motion was agreed to.
The Committee adjourned at 5.20pm.
Science and Technology Committee > Reports: > 2nd (Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects),