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9 March 2021

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Explore what's coming up in questions, debates and legislation up to Friday 12 March.

 

Friday 12 March

Debates

At 11am

Members debate the economy in light of the Budget statement. 

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Catch Up

Monday 8 March

Questions

The House of Lords checks and challenges government decisions and actions in questions.

Subjects covered:

  1. Pension Credit take up
  2. COVID-19 impact on teenagers in care
  3. Working mums
  4. Women holding elected office

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Private Notice Question 

Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench) asked an urgent question on democracy in Hong Kong.

Legislation

Members check the details of a bill (draft law): highlighting potential problems and revising the text to make sure they will be workable laws.

Members started further examination (report stage) of the Domestic Abuse Bill.

In Grand Committee, work away from the chamber, line by line check (committee stage) of the Financial Services Bill continued.

 

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Tuesday 9 March

Questions

Subjects covered: 

  1. Unemployed people over 50
  2. World Health Organisation
  3. Women’s equality globally
  4. Situation in Tigray

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Private Notice Question 

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour) asked an urgent question on NHS staff pay.

Statement 

Members quizzed the government following its statement on women's health strategy

Legislation 

Final chance for the Lords to tidy up and make changes (third reading) to the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No. 2) Bill.

Line by line examination (committee stage) of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill began. 

Detailed check (committee stage) of the National Security and Investment Bill continued in Grand Committee.

Committee work

Committee work allows members to investigate public policy and government activity. Committees meet people, organisations and government representatives during inquiries.

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Wednesday 10 March

Questions

At midday

Subjects covered:

  1. Modern foreign languages teachers
  2. Women: COVID-19 policies
  3. UK Global Navigation Satellite System
  4. Myanmar: military force against protesters

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Private Notice Question 

Lord Caine (Conservative) questioned the government on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Legislation

Further examination (report stage) of the Domestic Abuse Bill continued.

Detailed check (committee stage) of the Financial Services Bill continued in Grand Committee.

Committee meetings

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Thursday 11 March

Questions

From midday

Subjects covered:

  1. Modern foreign languages
  2. Women: COVID-19 policies
  3. UK Global Navigation Satellite System
  4. Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

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Urgent question repeats

A chance for Lords to question government on its answer to an urgent question in the Commons.

Two urgent question repeats took place from 1pm. Topics covered:

  1. The government’s publication of contracts during the Covid-19 pandemic
  2. Planned reforms to Hong Kong’s electoral system by the Chinese National People’s Congress.

Legislation

At 1.30pm, members made amendments (third reading) to the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill, and line by line check (committee stage) of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill continued.

Debates

Debates take place on public policy and topical issues. They are another way the Lords holds the government to account and draws attention to concerns.

In Grand Committee at 2.30pm: members debated International Women’s Day and the UK’s role in empowering women in the recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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