House of Lords back to business

01 May 2014

The House of Lords returns from recess on Tuesday 6 May, as members continue scrutinising public bills and investigating government activity through committee work.

Find out where the Lords stands on the latest legislation and more.

Immigration Bill

The bill seeks to make changes in the following areas of immigration law:

  • access to services, facilities and employment by reference to immigration status
  • marriage and civil partnership involving certain foreign nationals.

The next stage in its journey through the Lords is third reading, the final chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes. It is scheduled for Tuesday 6 May.

Care Bill

The bill covers laws on care and support for adults. It seeks to put in place safeguards for adults, protecting them from abuse or neglect and also makes provision about care standards. It also proposes changes to the duties and powers of Health Education England (HEE) and the Health Research Authority (HRA).

The Care Bill has completed all its stages in the House of Commons and  returns to the House of Lords on Wednesday 7 May for consideration of Commons' changes. 

Defence Reform Bill

The bill covering defence procurement contracts and reserve army forces has returned to the House of Commons with Lords' changes.

Water Bill

The bill seeks to reform the water industry, making it more innovative and responsive to customers. It also aims to increase the resilience of water supplies and address the availability and affordability of insurance for households at high flood risk.

Amendments to the bill were made at third reading on 8 April. It now goes to the House of Commons to consider Lords' changes. A date is yet to be scheduled.

Lords committee news

The Lords EU Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs continues its inquiry into Bank Structural Reform on Tuesday 6 May. It is set to take evidence from Sir Winfried Bischoff, chair of the Lloyds Banking Group and Anthony Browne, chief executive of the British Bankers’ Association 

In a one-off evidence session on Tuesday 6 May, the Lords Communications Committee hears from Dame Patricia Hodgson DBE, chair of Ofcom.

On Wednesday 7 May, the Lords EU Sub-Committee on Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection will hear from the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP. The evidence session is part of the committee's inquiry  into the role of the proposed new European Public Prosecutor's Office.

Future business

Stay up to date with business in the Lords with our online calendar.

Business is provisional and subject to change.

Further information

Image: House of Lords 2014 / Photography by Roger Harris

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