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COVID-19 vaccines and special educational needs in Lords questions for government

20 November 2020

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At the start of business each day in the House of Lords, members question government activities and decisions in Lords Questions.

This week, from Monday 23 to Thursday 26 November, members press the government on making misogyny a hate crime, adult learning, COVID-19 vaccines and special educational needs.

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Catch up: Monday 23 November


Lords questions: 12pm on Tuesday 24 November 


  • Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrat) questions the government on the benefits of adult learning delivered through the Union Learning Fund
  • Baroness Rawlings (Conservative) asks a question on the amount of money being spent on the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal project
  • Baroness Wilcox of Newport (Labour) asks the government about protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from domestic abuse 
  • Lord Tyler (Liberal Democrat) questions the government on whether Ministers are expected to abide by the standards of conduct in the discharge of their duties as set out in the Ministerial Code
  • Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench) will ask the government a 'private notice question' on the war in the Ethiopian province of Tigray and government action to coordinate international action.


Lords questions: 12pm on Wednesday 25 November 


  • Baroness Goudie (Labour) questions the government on equitable access to vaccines and medical equipment to address the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Baroness Humphreys (Liberal Democrat) presses the government on its progress in establishing new lorry customs sites close to ports and near strategic road networks in Wales
  • Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer (Liberal Democrat) quizzes the government on its plans to review its policies towards nuclear weapons
  • Baroness Campbell of Surbiton (Crossbench) will ask the government a question on COVID-19 vaccine prioritisation for high risk under-65s ahead of lesser risk over-65s.


Lords questions: 12pm on Thursday 26 November 


  • Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale (Labour) will quiz the government about the G7 Summit to be held in the UK in 2021
  • Lord Blunkett (Labour) questions the government on developing the SEND Futures initiative and internal review of special educational needs provision 
  • The Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishop) to question the government on the report by the Select Committee on the Rural Economy 'Time for a strategy for the rural economy' and a strategy for rural communities
  • The ballot for the fourth question will be drawn on Tuesday 24 November.

Catch up: Monday 23 November 

Baroness Donaghy (Labour) pressed the government on its plans to make misogyny a hate crime

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Conservative) questioned the government on opportunities for new entrants into farming

Baroness Clark of Kilwinning (Labour) raised concern with the government about the future of high street travel agents 

Baroness Lister of Burtersett (Labour) challenged the government on protecting migrant women who have been subjected to domestic abuse and who have no recourse to public funds

Lord Dholakia (Liberal Democrat) asked a 'Private Notice Question' (an urgent question) on the Windrush Compensation Scheme.