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Work of the House of Lords

The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is independent from, and complements the work of, the elected House of Commons. The Lords shares the task of making and shaping laws and checking and challenging the work of the government.

Read on for more highlights from the Lords and information on how the House works.

Highlights from the House of Lords

Examples from the House of Lords' work to check and challenge government, and scrutinise legislation.

Minister questioned on Government plans to legislate over the Protocol
The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee will hear evidence from Rt Hon James Cleverly MP, Minister for Europe and North America, on the Government’s proposals to legislate in relation to the Protocol.
23 May 2022
Full house of Lords chamber
The House of Lords 2021-22: highlights from the session
After more than 1450 hours of business, with over 200 votes on changes to draft laws and members pressing government decisions and actions in more than 600 questions, the House of Lords 2021-22 session has come to an end. Catch up on a packed session in the Lords.
29 April 2022
Final text of Nationality and Borders Bill agreed
Bill becomes an Act of Parliament. Catch up
29 April 2022
image of a police officer on duty
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill completes passage through parliament
Bill becomes an Act of Parliament. Catch up
29 April 2022
A busy House of Lords chamber
House of Lords pauses for recess
As the House of Lords pauses for recess, catch up on recent activity in the UK Parliament’s second chamber as members ask government to think again on topics in several draft laws
08 April 2022
Lords questions government on Ukraine
The House of Lords continues to press the government on its response to the invasion of Ukraine through questions, debates and legislation. Learn more
10 March 2022
House of Lords chamber with members sat on the red benches during business
House of Lords pauses for recess
Catch up on a packed start to 2022 in the House of Lords, with highlights of business from 5 January - 10 February
11 February 2022
A teenage boy stares at a computer screen
House of Lords Podcast: protecting children and the Union
We speak to Baroness Kidron about her work protecting children online and to Baroness Taylor of Bolton and Lord Dunlop about strengthening the Union.
28 January 2022
A busy House of Lords chamber with members filling the benches
2021 in the House of Lords
As the House of Lords pauses for recess until January, we look back at an action-packed year in the UK Parliament’s second chamber.
17 December 2021
House of Lords Podcast: a healthier nation, and government by 'diktat'
What is needed to make England a healthier nation? and why are two committees concerned about government use of secondary legislation? Find out in this month's House of Lords Podcast.
16 December 2021

Lords committee calls for new national plan for sport, health and wellbeing

The Lords Sport and Recreation Committee has called on the governmen to act to tackle rising levels of inequality. Particularly the need to tackle levels of inactivity in certain groups, such as women and girls, disabled people, ethnic minorities, the elderly and people from less affluent backgrounds. A national plan for sport, health and wellbeing will set clear goals and better coordinate departments to deliver real change.

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Lords committee calls for skills for every young person

Young people in the UK are not receiving enough support to get into work according to the House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee, which has published a new report calling on the government to take urgent action.

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