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Lords questions government on violence against women and the Erasmus+ programme on 25 June

24 June 2020

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On Thursday 25 June, questions were asked in the House of Lords on violence against women, gambling advertisements, the Erasmus programme and government plans to ensure consumers and businesses in the UK are independently and fairly looked after. There was also a Private Notice Question on passengers wearing face coverings on public transport.

Questions on Thursday 25 June:

  • The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked the government about its plans to work with faith communities to address violence against women.

    Topics discussed include: guidance on how domestic abuse can be address in and by faith communities; how the government will ensure protection from domestic violence during a second wave of Covid-19; detecting cases of abuse as children return to school; legislating against honour-based domestic violence; ensuring ending of violence against women and girls is taught in all faith schools; understanding how to deal with self-sufficient religious communities; progress towards a joined up strategy across government departments; forced marriage; and working with women from minority groups.


  • Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate asked the government about its plans to review the rules relating to online and television gambling advertising.

    Topics discussed include: action to reduce gambling advertising; government assessments to monitor problem gambling; advertising on social media; banning advertising at sports grounds; blocking sites that enable piracy which are supported by gambling advertising; regulating advertising for special offers on casino gambling; limiting data-driven advertising; and blocking some online platforms.


  • Baroness Coussins asked the government what progress it has made in securing funding for the UK's continued participation in the Erasmus programme.

    Topics discussed include: the UK becoming a non-EU Erasmus country; the devolved administrations seeking their own arrangements with the EU; the state of government negotiations with the EU; the opportunities offered by Erasmus to young people; and the economic and social costs of leaving the programme.


  • Lord Berkeley asked the government what plans it has to ensure that the interests of consumers and businesses in the UK are independently and fairly looked after following the resignation of the Chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority.

    Topics discussed include: government plans to implement regulation around digital platforms; prioritising consumer protection; strengthening the Competition and Markets Authority with additional powers and developing legislation to protect consumers; large tech companies dominating the digital economy and announcing a date for the new Competition and Consumer Protection Bill.

The Lord Speaker also accepted the following urgent question (Private Notice Question) from Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall:

  • Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall asked the government, in the light of the requirement for passengers to wear face coverings on public transport, what assessment have they made of levels of compliance and how is this requirement being enforced.

    Topics discussed include: government action to ensure levels of compliance are high; self-policing of the policy to wear face coverings; government messaging on the use of public transport; support for those who cannot wear face coverings due to disabilities; standards for the manufacture of face masks; supporting travel operators to provide face coverings; enforcement by transport police; differing requirements for wearing face coverings and implementation of air bridges; messaging from the government on how and why face coverings should be used; and timing for the implementation of guidance on face coverings.

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