House of Lords back to business

19 April 2013

The House of Lords returns from recess on Monday 22 April

Find out where the Lords stands on the latest legislation and its investigations of government activity through committee work as it gets back to business.

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.

The bill returned to the House of Commons with amendments, which it considered on Tuesday 16 April. The bill is scheduled to return to the Lords with Commons' amendments on Monday 22 April.

Crime and Courts Bill

The bill aims to establish the National Crime Agency and proposes abolishing the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the National Policing Improvement Agency. It also examines the structure, administration, proceedings and powers of courts and tribunals and addresses issues like border control and drugs and driving.

The Lords' amendments have been considered in the Commons, and the bill is scheduled to return to the Lords on Tuesday 23 April with the House of Commons' changes.

Growth and Infrastructure Bill

The bill looks at the use of infrastructure and the carrying-out of development. It completed third reading, the final chance to amend the bill, in the Lords on Tuesday 26 March. The bill is scheduled to return to the Lords on Monday 22 April for consideration of Commons’ amendments.

Defamation Bill

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 completed third reading, the final chance to amend the bill, in the Lords on Monday 25 February.

The House of Commons has returned the bill to the House of Lords with amendments. The amendments will be considered in the Lords on Tuesday 23 April.

Lords committee work

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee E has published a report on the EU fight against fraud.

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has been considering the potential economic impact of Scottish independence on the economies of Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The House of Lords Communications Committee has recently published its report on media convergence and its public policy impact.

The House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change recently published its report on the potential impact of a rapidly ageing UK population. It concluded that the government is 'woefully unprepared for ageing.'

Future business

Stay up to date with business in the Lords with our online calendar.

Business is provisional and subject to change.

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