What's on in the Lords 25-28 April
20 April 2022 (updated on 20 April 2022)
The House of Lords returned to business on Monday 25 April. Highlights from the week include:
Questions on food security as a result of the war in Ukraine, Amnesty International’s annual report on human rights, and tackling the root causes of refugees and displaced people worldwide.
The House of Lords continued detailed examination of the Elections Bill at report stage and considered amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, Building Safety Bill and Nationality and Borders Bill in ‘ping pong’.
Read on for more.
Monday 25 April
Members pressed the government for 40 minutes on:
- the sale of the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre
- creation of an independent regulator for English football
- outdoor ceremonies for humanist marriages
- tackling malaria globally.
Private notice question
Members ‘tidied up’ the following bills at third reading:
Away from the chamber in Grand Committee, members considered regulations on the following:
- industrial training levy
- Platinum Jubilee licensing hours
- civil enforcement of road traffic contraventions
- money laundering and terrorist financing.
Members quizzed the government following an update on activity during the Easter recess, including Ukraine, cost of living and Downing Street parties.
Tuesday 26 April
Members questioned the government on:
- food security in the UK as a result of the war in Ukraine
- disruption or damage to Global Positioning System (GPS) services
- ministers of religion at the scenes of serious injury
- implementing the recommendations in the International Energy Agency report.
Members began the final ‘tidy up’ of the following bills in third reading:
- Glue Traps (Offences)
- Approved Premises (Substance Testing)
- Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age)
- Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons)
Members considered House of Commons changes to the following bills in ‘ping pong’:
- Nationality and Borders Bill
- Building Safety Bill
- Health and Care Bill
- Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
In Grand Committee, members considered regulations relating to Russian sanctions.
Also in Grand Committee, members debated state-sanctioned political violence ahead of the parliamentary and local by-elections in Zimbabwe.
Wednesday 27 April
Members questioned the government for 40 minutes on:
- replacing Avanti Trains as the principal operator on the West Coast Main Line
- Amnesty International’s findings on human rights issues globally and in the UK
- COVID-19 vaccine inequity across the world
- European Research Council: researchers based in the UK.
Members began the final ‘tidy up’ of the Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill and the British Sign Language Bill at third reading.
The House also considered House of Commons changes to the following bills:
In Grand Committee, members debated:
- the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Committee report: ‘Gambling Harm – Time for Action’
- the Economic Affairs Committee report: 'Off-payroll working: treating people fairly'.
Members questioned the government following two statements on:
Thursday 28 April
Members questioned the government on:
- the number of displaced people and refugees worldwide
- improving bilateral relations with Caribbean countries
- encouraging greater diversity on school governing bodies
- NHS bed shortages.
Urgent question repeat
The House quizzed the government on the operation of Visa Applications Centres in relation to the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
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