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House of Lords back to business

5 October 2018 (updated on 5 October 2018)

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The House of Lords is back to business on Tuesday 9 October. See what bills, debates and committee work is coming up in the Lords.


Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill

Members hold the Lords second reading debate, the key debate on the purpose and principles of the draft law, on Tuesday 9 October. The bill aims to update counter-terrorism and border security law and enable people to be questioned at ports and borders for national security purposes.

Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill

Lords committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, continues on Wednesday 10 October. The draft law aims to exempt plant nursery grounds from non-domestic rates (property taxes).

Tenant Fees Bill

The bill aims to change laws on consumer protection and housing and planning around information provided to tenants. It also aims to prevent landlords requiring certain payments and update laws around holding deposits. Second reading, the key debate on the bills purpose, will be held on Wednesday 10 October.


On Thursday 11 October, members of the Lords hold debates on the following topics: 

  • The impact on the Good Friday Agreement of the UK's withdrawal from the EU
  • The impact on the arts of the UK's withdrawal from the EU

These are balloted debates, which normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.

Lords select committees

Tuesday 9 October

The committee hears from the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland about the effectiveness of the Bribery Act 2010 in Scotland, compared with England and Wales. The session begins at 11.35am.

At 3.30pm, the committee hears from Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority as part of its inquiry into internet regulation.

From 3.35pm, the committee hears from Dr Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor (Monetary Policy) of the Bank of England on the use of the retail price index (RPI) as a measure of inflation. This evidence session is the latest in the Committee's inquiry into the use of RPI.

The committee hears from experts on work and skills including the Association of Colleges and London Business School as its inquiry focuses on intergenerational fairness in the workplace. The session begins at 11.40am.

The committee hears from academics and the police from 3.20pm as part of its inquiry on the state of forensic science in the UK.

Wednesday 10 October

The committee hears from HM Treasury from 10am as part of its inquiry into Brexit and the European Investment Bank.

Further information

Image credit: House of Lords 2018 / Photography by Roger Harris