Questions to the Government: 20 January

21 January 2010

During oral questions on 20 January, Members of the House of Lords questioned the Government on the present situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina; climate change and carbon dioxide emissions; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's budget; and plans for UK banks.

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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