On Friday 29 November, cadets and veterans from across the UK came together to have their say on defence and remembrance from the red benches.
The debate focused on the important question: 'One hundred years after World War One, what is its legacy for the UK and how does it shape the nation today.' There were three angles for debate, led by three key teams, and, after a lively debate, participants voted on the motion. The results were:
- The UK is a more globally responsible nation (43)
- Society is more aware of the impact of war (61)
- The UK has not learned from its experience (73).
The House of Lords worked with the English-Speaking Union (ESU) to devise and deliver the debate. The ESU trained the key teams and floor speakers on the debate options.
The Clerk of the Parliaments, David Beamish, timed the proceedings and the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza, introduced and chaired the debate.
Speaking ahead of the debate, Baroness D'Souza said:
'Chairing the debate from the woolsack, I look forward to hearing the speakers’ views on the legacy of World War One, and how it shapes the UK today. With views from all ages and experiences, this promises to be a lively and challenging debate. I hope that it will touch upon a number of relevant issues about our society, the UK as a nation and our place in the world today. I hope too that it will provide a fitting way of remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War One and in conflicts before and since.'
The debate was broadcast on BBC Parliament and will also be available in full on the Lords YouTube channel.
This was the seventh annual Lords Chamber Event. They form part of a broader outreach programme that aims to raise awareness of the role and work of the Lords.
Image: House of Lords 2013/Photography by Annabel Moeller