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Four short debates in the Lords

4 March 2022

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The House of Lords discussed democracy in Taiwan, approvals for new peerages, the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol and support for older workers, in four short debates on Thursday 3 March.

Lords Thursday debates 

One Thursday each month, the House of Lords holds four short debates in Grand Committee. On Thursday 3 March, members debated the following subjects: 


Members discussed support for democracy in Taiwan, proposed by Baroness D'Souza (Crosbench). 

New peerages

Members discussed the approvals process for new peerages, proposed by Lord Balfe (Conservative).

Northern Ireland

Members discussed the impact of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol on recent political developments in Northern Ireland, proposed by Lord Jay of Ewelme (Crossbench), chair of the Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Older workers

Members discussed new employment opportunities for older workers, proposed by Baroness Altmann (Conservative).


Over 40 members took part, bringing a wide range of experience and professional knowledge.

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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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