House of Lords pauses for recess

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26 July 2019

The House of Lords pauses for summer recess and is back to business in September. Catch up on the latest legislation, committee work and debates.

Legislation

Access to Palliative Care Bill

This draft law had its second reading, the debate on the bill’s key principles and purpose, on Friday 14 June. Committee stage, a detailed line by line check, has yet to be scheduled.

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill

This bill completed its Lords stages on Wednesday 12 June. It is currently with the Commons for its consideration.

Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill

The bill had its report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, on Wednesday 24 July. Third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, is scheduled for 10 September.

Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill

The bill had its third reading on Wednesday 26 June, and is now with the Commons for its consideration.

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill

Following the completion of third reading on Tuesday 2 July, the bill passes to the Commons for its consideration.

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill

The bill completed its Lords stages on Tuesday 2 July, and received Royal Assent on Thursday 4 July when it became an Act of Parliament (law).

Kew Gardens Bill

Following third reading on Tuesday 11 June, this draft law passed to the Commons for its consideration. The bill was passed and will now be sent for Royal Assent.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the bill it received Royal Assent on 24 July. The bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill

Line by line scrutiny at committee stage took place on Monday 22 July. Report stage – further line by line examination of the bill - is scheduled for 3 September.

Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill

The bill completed its Lords stages and became law on Wednesday 24 July.

Committee work

New committees

Four new special investigative committees kicked off year-long inquiries:

International Relations Committee

The International Relations Committee published its report recommending that the UK engage more closely with the Pacific Alliance on free trade, open markets and democracy.

Economic Affairs Committee

The Economic Affairs Committee recommended the government immediately spend £8 billion to restore social care to 'acceptable standards'.

EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee published its follow-up report on wasteful fish discarding, six months on from the EU landing obligation coming into force.

Debates

The House of Lords debates the issues of the day, allowing members to put their expertise to good use. Topics of recent debates include:

Further information

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