As the 2012-13 session continues, members of the House of Lords have been busy scrutinising several public bills and investigating government activity through committee work and questions.
The bill proposes to reform the law of defamation to ensure a fair balance is struck between the right to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation. It concluded report stage on 5 February and moves to third reading on 25 February.
Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill
The bill implements an announcement by the chancellor in the 2012 Autumn Statement. He proposed that increases in certain working-age welfare benefits and tax credits would be limited to one per cent, rather than increasing them in line with inflation. It had its second reading in the Lords on Monday 11 February and proceeds to committee stage on 25 February.
Public Service Pensions Bill
The Public Service Pensions Bill will establish a framework enabling the government to introduce new public service pension schemes. It completed report stage yesterday (Tuesday 12 February) and is back in the chamber for more scrutiny on 26 February.
Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill includes changes to competition policy and employment law, measures for reducing regulation and rules around copyright and planning. It completed committee stage on 31 January and enters report stage, a chance for further examination, on 26 February.
Growth and Infrastructure Bill
The bill looks at the use of infrastructure and the carrying-out of development. It completed committee stage in the Lords on 6 February and moves to report stage on 27 February.
Succession to the Crown Bill
The bill looks at laws governing who can be next in line to the throne. It completed second reading in the Lords on 14 February and will enter committee stage, a chance for line-by-line scrutiny of the bill, on 28 February.
Lords committee work
The House of Lords select committees return to business next week with a busy schedule:
- Monday 25 February: EU Sub-Committee B - Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment - hears from businesses, policy research and design experts including Rolls Royce and Airbus UK on the effectiveness of EU research and innovation proposals
- Tuesday 26 February: Science and Technology Committee hears from Earl Howe, David Willetts and NHS representatives on regenerative medicine
- Wednesday 27 February: Constitution Committee hears from legal experts on the pre-emption of parliament
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