Lords debates levelling up of opportunities for children
18 June 2021
The House of Lords debated the urgent levelling up of opportunities available to UK children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday 17 May.
Baroness Morris of Yardley (Labour), Chair of Strategy Board, Institute of Effective Education and former Secretary of State for Education, put forward the debate.
Children affected by COVID-19
Members debated the urgent levelling up of opportunities available to UK children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular regard to:
- education and skills
- the elimination of child poverty.
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.
Members speaking included:
- Lord Bird (Crossbench), Director of the Big Issue Group
- Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Conservative), former Communities and Local Government Minister
- Baroness Tyler of Enfield (Liberal Democrat), Commissioner, Financial Inclusion Commission
- Lord Winston (Labour), scientist and television presenter
Baroness Berridge (Conservative), Minister for the School System, responded on behalf of the government.
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Explore background information
Find out more about the issues the debate covered in the House of Lords Library briefing.
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- Communities and families
- Economy and finance
- Employment and training
- Health services and medicine
- Parliament, government and politics
- Social security and pensions