Lords debates Coronavirus Act 2020
29 September 2020
Members of the Lords debated the temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on Monday 28 September.
Speakers included a former Chancellor of the Exchequer and a former Lord Chief Justice.
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This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.
Lord Bethell (Conservative), Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Health and Social Care, put forward the debate and responded on behalf of the government.
Members who took part included:
- Lord Clarke of Nottingham (Conservative), former Chancellor of the Exchequer - maiden speech
- Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour), President of the Royal Society of Public Health
- Lord Judge (Crossbench), former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
- Lord Scriven (Liberal Democrat), former city councillor.
Baroness Walmsley (Liberal Democrat), made her valedictory speech, the last speech by a member to mark their retirement from the House.
Lord Robathan (Conservative), put forward a motion to regret on the use of the temporary provisions and a call on the government to discontinue their use.
If agreed to, this regret motion would have provided an opportunity for the House to put its concerns on record.
Following the debate, Lord Robathan's motion was put to a division (vote). Members voted 99 in favour and 198 against, so the motion to regret was not agreed to.
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