Lords Oral Questions: 15 October 2009

16 October 2009

During Oral Questions on 15 October, Members of the Lords questioned the Government on the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the balance of payments in the first quarter of 2010, innocent people on the police national DNA database and the right of newspapers to report parliamentary proceedings.

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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