On Thursday 30 January, members of the House of Lords debated the role of defence, diplomacy and development policy in building a safer, fairer and cleaner world. Speakers included a member of the Scottish Council for Civil Liberties and the founder of the Relief and Development Institute.
This was a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale (Labour), former First Minister of Scotland.
Members who took part included:
- Lord Browne of Ladyton (Labour), member of the Scottish Council for Civil Liberties and former Secretary of State for Defence
- Lord Chidgey (Liberal Democrats), chair of the Commonwealth Policy Development Centre
- Lord Houghton of Richmond (Crossbench), former Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces
- Lord Howell of Guildford (Conservative), former Foreign Office minister and chairman of the Lords International Relations and Defence Committee.
Baroness Penn (Conservative), former Deputy Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Theresa May, made her maiden speech.
Baroness Sugg (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for International Development, responded on behalf of the government.