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Four short debates in the Lords

8 April 2022

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The House of Lords discussed Northern Ireland relations, levelling-up in the South West, tax gap estimates and the Iran nuclear deal in four short debates on Thursday 7 April.

Lords Thursday debates 

One Thursday each month, the House of Lords holds four short debates in Grand Committee. On Thursday 7 April, members debated the following subjects:

Northern Ireland relations

Members discussed government steps to strengthen the union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in a debate proposed by Lord Lexden (Conservative).

Read the House of Lords Library briefing.


Members discussed 'levelling up' plans for the South-West of England, in a debate proposed by the Bishop of Exeter (Bishops).

Read the House of Lords Library briefing.

Tax gap estimates

Members discussed the HMRC report: 'Measuring tax gaps 2021 edition - tax gap estimates for 2019 to 2020' published on 8 February, in a debate proposed by Lord Sikka (Labour).

Read the House of Lords Library briefing.

Iran nuclear deal

Members discussed government steps to ensure the UK and other signatories establish a second negotiating track on “regional issues” should all parties return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in a debate proposed by Lord Polak (Conservative).

Read the House of Lords Library briefing.


Over 30 members took part, bringing a wide range of experience and professional knowledge.

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Watch and read  

Catch up on Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcripts.

Short debates 

Short debates are an opportunity for members to draw the government’s attention to concerns and hold it to account. They last for about 60 minutes, a minister or spokesperson responds on behalf of the government at the end. 

The four short debates on one Thursday a month take place in Grand Committee, work away from the main chamber. 

Learn more about how the House of Lords checks and challenges government. 

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