House of Lords back to business

19 February 2016

The House of Lords returns from February recess on 22 February. Catch up on the latest legislation news and updates on the work of Lords committees.

Coming up next week in the Lords:

Monday 22 February

  • Scotland Bill – Committee stage

Tuesday 23 February

  • Trade Union bill – Committee stage

Wednesday 24 February

  • Scotland Bill – Report stage

Thursday 25 February

  • Trade Union bill – Committee stage

Friday 26 February

Private members bills (all second reading):

    • NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Bill
    • Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill
    • Riot Compensation Bill
    • Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill

Browse our online calendar for the latest updates

Other legislation currently in progress includes:

Armed Forces Bill

A bill to define laws around service discipline, war pensions and Ministry of Defence fire-fighters.

Second reading took place in the Lords on 11 February.

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill

A bill that will affect the Bank of England, covering issues such as regulation of financial services and issue of banknotes.

Third reading took place in the Lords on 19 January.

Education and Adoption Bill

The bill covers schools in England that are causing concern, including provision about their conversion into Academies and about intervention powers. It also covers joint arrangements for carrying out local authority adoption functions in England.

The bill completed third reading in the Lords on 8 February, and went to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments in 'ping pong'.

Housing and Planning Bill

The bill will define laws around housing, estate agents, rent charges, planning and compulsory purchase.

The bill is currently in committee stage, with the next day scheduled for 1 March.

Immigration Bill

The Immigration Bill will define the law around immigration and asylum.

Committee stage of the bill concluded on 9 February, report stage is to be scheduled.

Scotland Bill

The bill amends the Scotland Act 1998, and defines powers and responsibilities of Scottish ministers.

Committee stage in the Lords continues on 22 February.

Trade Union Bill

A bill to define laws around industrial action, trade unions, employers’ associations and the functions of the Certification Officer.

Committee stage in the Lords continues on 23 February.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill

The bill includes measures on employment, welfare, social mobility, the benefit cap and social housing.

The bill returned to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments in 'ping pong'.

Lords committee news

The following committees recently published reports:

Lord Speaker welcomes President Carter to Parliament

President Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the USA, visited the House of Lords on 3 February to deliver a lecture on the eradication of Guinea worm disease as the second of the Lord Speaker’s global lecture series.

Keep up to date with the work of the Lords

Further information

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