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Four short debates in the Lords

25 June 2021

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The House of Lords discussed human rights sanctions, housing developments on flood plains, Official Development Assistance and the Child Maintenance Service, in four short debates on Thursday 24 June.

Thursday debates

One Thursday each month, the House of Lords holds four short debates in Grand Committee. On Thursday 24 June, members debated the following subjects:

Human rights sanctions

Members discussed the effectiveness of the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 in a debate proposed by Lord Clement-Jones (Liberal Democrat).

Housing on flood plains

Members discussed the impact of building major housing developments on flood plains in the context of climate change, in a debate proposed by Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Conservative).

Official Development Assistance

Members discussed spending 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income on Official Development Assistance in a debate proposed by Lord Campbell of Pittenweem (Liberal Democrat).

Child Maintenance Service

Members discussed Child Maintenance Service reform in a debate proposed by Lord Farmer (Conservative).

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Over 40  members  took part, bringing a wide range of experience and professional knowledge.

Short debates

Short debates are an opportunity for members to draw the government’s attention to concerns and hold it to account. They last for about 60 minutes, a  minister or spokesperson responds on behalf of the government at the end.

The four short debates on one Thursday a month take place in Grand Committee, work away from the main chamber.

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