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What's on in the Lords: 1-4 March

1 March 2021

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In the House of Lords from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 March: scrutiny of government in Lords questions and legislation continues, plus chance for members to raise topical concerns in four debates.

Read on for more highlights of the week ahead or see a full list of the week's business.

 

Catch up

Monday 1 March

Starting at 1pm, members called for government attention on domestic energy efficiency and UK-US relations in Lords questions. Following questions, members quizzed the governmnent on the judicial review ruling in relation to COVID-19 contracts, the Supreme Court's judgment on Uber, and re-opening educational settings.

Later in the chamber, further consideration of the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No. 2) Bill began at report stage, an extra chance for members to examine the text, plus there was a review of coronavirus and minimum wage regulations.

In Grand Committee, scrutiny away from the chamber, members continued line by line checks of the Financial Services Bill.

 

Tuesday 2 March

Lords questions on Transport for London, support for women and families  harmed by sodium valproate, and help for Universal Credit claimants started at 12.

Following government updates, members pressed for answers on the future of car manufacturing by Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port, tackling COVID-19 disparities amongst ethnic minorities and rough sleeping. The Lords also quizzed the government on the risks of the P.1 Brazilian variant of COVID-19 in a Private Notice Question.

Later, memers reviewed secondary legislation on the Draft Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act, and debated the Economic Partnership Agreement between the UK and Kenya.

Away from the chamber in Grand Committee, detailed checks of the National Security and Investment Bill began with committee stage day one.

 

Wednesday 3 March

Members raised refugee resettlements and police stop and search powers in Lords questions, followed by government scutiny on the levels of funding in aid to Yemen.

In legislation, the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill began its report stage, a chance for members to examine and make changes to the draft law, and further consideration of the Financial Services Bill continued in Grand Committee.

 

Thursday 4 March

In Lords questions, members questioned the government on the UK fishing industry, classification ratings for videos on sharing platforms, and COVID-19 vaccine certification.

After questions, a government update on COVID-19 was debated in the chamber, and the House took a close look at regulations on police, crime commissioner and mayoral elections. Later, members considered House of Commons changes to the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill.

In Grand Committee, short debates took place on anti-slavery projects throughout the Commonwealth, NHS staff numbers, support for hauliers transporting goods internationally and the UK space industry.

 

Friday 5 March

House of Lords returns to business on Monday 8 March.

 

Committee work

Committees meet throughout the week. See a full list of the week's meetings.