Five short debates in the Lords

29 June 2018

On Thursday 28 June there were five short debates in the House of Lords. They took place in the Moses Room, a room outside the Lords chamber used to host extra work. Any member can attend and participate, as with debates in the chamber.

The debates covered a range of subjects, including the current situation in Sudan, rehabilitation for stroke survivors, the decline in songbird numbers, preventing violent extremism and International Widows' Day.

Each debate lasted for approximately one hour.

Situation in Sudan

This debate was proposed by Lord Sheikh (Conservative), member of the Advisory Committee for the Africa International Business Forum.

The debate looked at the current situation in Sudan and the opportunities for furthering UK trade, educational and cultural ties.

Rehabilitation of stroke survivors

This debate was proposed by Lord Lingfield (Conservative), chairman of the Action for Rehabilitation after Neural Injury Institute.

The debate asked the government what action is being taken to improve the provision of long-term rehabilitation for stroke survivors.

Decline in songbird numbers

This debate was proposed by the Earl of Caithness (Conservative), former member of the Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.

This debate considered steps being taken to counter the decline in songbird numbers and the threat that invasive non-native species pose to such birds.

Preventing violent extremism

This debate was proposed by Lord Purvis of Tweed (Liberal Democrat), vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) for Africa and the British Council.

The debate looked at the government’s priorities for preventing and countering extremism, in light of the APPG for the British Council’s report ‘Building Young People’s Resilience to Violent Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa’.

International Widows' Day

This debate was proposed by Lord Loomba (Crossbench), ambassador for the Global Partnership Forum.

This debate discussed the promotion of International Widows’ Day and the help available to widows following the finding of the Global Widows Report 2015 that their numbers are increasing due to conflict.

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