Members raise topical and current issues in Grand Committee debates
27 October 2021 (updated on 27 October 2021)
On Thursday 28 October, the House of Lords debated social care, accommodation for those with autism with autism, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and business with Africa.
Lords Thursday debates
One Thursday, about every four to five weeks, the House of Lords holds four short debates in Grand Committee. The debates start at 1pm, each debate lasts for one hour.
Learning difficulties and autism
Members debated government plans to prevent people with learning difficulties or autism from being detained in secure settings when an assessment has recommended they should live in the community, put forward by Baroness Hollins (Crossbench).
Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Members debated the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, put forward by Lord Bowness (Non-affiliated).
Business opportunities with Africa
Members debated commercial opportunities for UK businesses in African markets and support for UK exports to Africa, put forward by Lord Popat (Conservative).
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Read the House of Lords Library briefings for the debates:
- Social care funding: improving the availability of private sector insurance products
- Community care for people with learning difficulties or autism
- Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
- Business opportunities with Africa.
Short debates are an opportunity for members to raise concerns to the government and hold it to account. They last for about 60 minutes, a minister or spokesperson responds on behalf of the government at the end.
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