House of Lords pauses for recess

The Victoria Tower, House of Lords
25 July 2018

From Brexit to data protection, smart meters to electric vehicles, NHS and armed services to overseas aid and education, the House of Lords continues its scrutinising draft law, holding government to account through questions and debates and shaping public policy through committee work. Catch up on the latest legislation, debates and committee news and more.

Legislation

Automated and Electric Vehicles Act

The bill became law on 19 July creating a regulatory framework for new automated and electric vehicles.

Civil Liability Bill

The bill aims to reform the claims process and personal injury rates for whiplash injuries. The bill had its Lords third reading on 27 June and has gone to the House of Commons for its consideration.

Data Protection Act

The bill became law on 23 May, updating the UK's data protection regime in line with new rules agreed at a European level.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Act

The bill went onto the statute books as a new law on 19 July. It creates a temporary price cap on certain energy tariffs for domestic customers in Great Britain.

EU (Withdrawal) Act

The Act repeals the European Communities Act 1972 and incorporates EU law into UK law on the day the UK leaves the EU. The bill had its Royal Assent on 23 May.

Ivory Bill

The bill aims to prohibit sale of ivory in the UK. The bill had its Lords second reading, the key debate on its principles and purpose, on 17 July. 

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

The bill aims to reform the process in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for authorising arrangements enabling the care or treatment of people who lack capacity to consent. The bill had its Lords second reading, the key debate on its principles and purpose on 16 July.

Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill

The bill aims to exempt plant nursery grounds from non-domestic rates. The bill had its Lords second reading, the key debate on its principles and purpose, on 24 July.

Nuclear Safeguards Act

The Act establishes a new domestic safeguarding regime for the UK’s civil nuclear industry following the UK’s departure from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The bill became law on 26 June.

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act

The Act had its Royal Assent, a formality once both Houses have agreed the final text of the draft law, on 23 May. It creates powers for the government to impose sanctions and update existing provisions on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill

The bill aims to allow local authorities to charge up to a 100 per cent council tax premium for long-term empty dwellings. The bill had its third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Wednesday 18 July.

Smart Meters Bill

The bill became law on 23 May. It extends existing powers to develop, amend and oversee regulations related to the licensing of smart meters for gas and electricity usage.

Lords Committee reports

Ad hoc committees

Four new ad hoc committees were appointed and began their inquiries:

Economic Affairs Committee

The Economic Affairs Committee reported on its inquiry into the economics of post-school education.

EU Committee

The EU Committee reported on its inquiry into the post-Brexit UK-EU relationship.

EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

The sub-committee reported on its inquiry into post-Brexit food prices and availability.

EU External Affairs Sub-Committee

The sub-committee reported on its inquiry into post-Brexit Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations.

EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee

The sub-committee reported on its inquiry into the proposed UK-EU security treaty.

Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee published its review of all Lords committee activity.

Science and Technology Committee

The Science and Technology Committee reported on its inquiry into offsite manufacturing in the construction industry.

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

The SLSC reported on new processes for scrutinising draft secondary legislation under the EU (Withdrawal) Act.

Debates

During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns. Subjects covered in recent debates include:

Further information

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