Lords Oral Questions: 12 October 2009

13 October 2009

During Oral Questions on 12 October, Members of the Lords questioned the Government on the release of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi from prison on compassionate grounds; the Nursing & Midwifery Council; the contribution of the armed forces to the strategy in Afghanistan; and the arrangements for increasing Air Passenger Duty.

Oral Questions take place at the start of business on Monday to Thursday and last for 30 minutes.

Questions are directed at the Government as a whole - not at specific government departments on set days (as in the Commons). They enable Members of the Lords to:

  • check on government activities
  • raise issues of concern about government policy, and
  • seek information.

Questions are tabled in advance and printed on the Order Paper ( House of Lords Business).

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