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Lords pauses for recess

26 March 2021

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The House of Lords has started its recess and is back to business on Monday 12 April.


The House of Lords is a revising chamber: it checks the text of a bill (draft law) line by line and puts forward changes for the Commons and the government to consider.

Most recently, this includes asking the government to think again on Parliament's scrutiny of its trade deals with countries accused of committing genocide and the registration of serial domestic abuse or stalking perpetrators.

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There were also debates on four private members' bills on school uniform costs, the British Library, safeguarding and forensic science.


The House of Lords debates current and wide-ranging subjects, allowing members to put their experience to good use.

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Members also started regular short debates in Grand Committee, work away from the chamber. 

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Back to business 

The House of Lords returns to question government action and decisions and scrutinise draft laws on Monday 12 April.

Image: copyright House of Lords 2021 / photography by Roger Harris