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What's on in the Lords: 15 - 19 March

19 March 2021

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Explore what happened in questions, debates and legislation in the House of Lords.  

 

Catch Up

Monday 15 March 

Questions  

Topics included: 

  1. Institutional and structural racism in the UK 
  2. Northern Ireland Protocol 
  3. Restrictions on NGOs and academics in India 
  4. Self-harm among women prisoners  

Read the full questions in Lords business. 

Legislation  

Members discussed stalking, legal aid and more as further check (report stage) of the Domestic Abuse Bill continued.

 

Tuesday 16 March 

Questions  

Subjects included: 

  1. Climate Change Committee: behaviour change  
  2. Independent Office for Police Conduct 
  3. Human rights in Zimbabwe 
  4. Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration 

Private Notice Question

The Lord Speaker agreed an urgent question from Baroness Coussins (Crossbench) on overseas aid and the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

Statement

Members questioned the government on its Policing and the Prevention of Violence Against Women statement.

Legislation  

On Tuesday, members continued line by line check (committee stage) of the National Security and Investment Bill. 

Wednesday 17 March 

Questions  

At midday

Topics are: 

  1. Drug-related mental health treatment 
  2. Employment rights  
  3. Princess Latifa of the United Arab Emirates 
  4. Policing of vigil for Sarah Everard

View full questions in Lords business.

Private Notice Question

The Lord Speaker agreed to an urgent question from Lord Oates (Liberal Democrat) on the increase of militant violence in Mozambique.

Legislation  

The House of Lords considered Commons changes to the Fire Safety Bill. Later, further check and change (report stage) of the Domestic Abuse Bill continued.

Statement 

Members questioned the government on the Integrated Review

Legislation  

Members started an extra check and change of the Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bill.

 

 

Thursday 18 March 

Questions  

From midday

Topics are:  

  1. Office of Communications  
  2. Food prices  
  3. China 
  4. UK-EU Trade Cooperation Agreement

 

Statements 

Statements allow members to debate current issues and question government actions. 

Members discussed government Levelling Up plans and the National Bus Strategy for England.

 

Regulations 

Secondary legislation is law created by ministers (or other bodies). Members must debate and approve some regulations before they can become law.

Both in the Chamber and in Grand Committee, members discussed regulations relating to the ban on evictions during the pandemic, driving hours and more. View the full list of regulations

 

 

Friday 19 March 

Legislation 

Members check the details of bills (draft laws), highlighting potential problems and making changes.

House of Lords members debated the key principles and main purpose (second reading) of the following bills

  1. Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill
  2. British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill
  3. Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill
  4. Forensic Science Regulator Bill

 

Keep track of chamber and committee work 

Watch the work of the House of Lords on Parliament TV. House of Lords Hansard produces transcripts of what's said (from three hours after the event). 

Read the latest Lords news and follow the House of Lords on Twitter. 

 

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