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11 February 2022

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Catch up on a packed start to 2022 in the House of Lords, with highlights of business from 5 January - 10 February:

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The year opened with members beginning scrutiny of the Nationality and Borders Bill at second reading. It completed its committee stage on Thursday 10 February after members considered almost 300 proposed changes to the draft law. Topics under discussion have included safe routes for unaccompanied children, the number of refugees the UK should resettle each year and accommodation for asylum seekers.

The House of Lords asked the government to think again on multiple topics during consideration of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. Changes made by members include rejecting placing conditions on protests because of noise disruption, increasing stop and search powers and making ‘locking on’ a new offence. Government changes that the House agreed to after earlier campaigning by members include broadening the disregard and pardons scheme for abolished same-sex offences and adding online hate offences as triggers for the use of football banning orders.

Committee stage of the Health and Care Bill began on 11 January and concluded on Wednesday 9 February. Over 65 hours across 9 days, members considered more than 475 changes on topics including NHS waiting times, health inequalities, care and caps on costs, mental health provision, advertising restrictions for less healthy food and drink, and creating a National Plan for Sport, Health and Wellbeing following the Lords Sport and Recreation Committee’s recommendations.

The House of Lords considered the Dissolution of Parliament Bill at committee and report stage. Members voted to make a change to the bill that would require the House of Commons to pass a motion to dissolve Parliament before it can take place.

Members began consideration of the Building Safety Bill with a debate on the main principles and purpose of the draft law at second reading. A range of topics were in the spotlight, including fire safety costs, improving the standards of buildings, and evacuation plans for people with disabilities.

Members also raised concerns on a number of pieces of secondary legislation, including train driver licenses not being inter-operable between the UK and EU like HGV licenses, revision of the Highway Code, and the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice compatibility with human rights requirements.

Questions and debates

So far this year, members have raised issues and pressed the government for action on topics including:

Lords Committees

Committee reports published so far in 2022 include:

The Secondary Legislation Committee and Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee also published several reports on new regulations and bills.

Beyond business

LGBT+ History Month

February is LGBT+ History Month in the UK. Discover recent work in the House of Lords to remove barriers and raise awareness for LGBT+ rights across the UK and abroad.

  • Read more on LGBT+ History Month in the Lords, including recent changes to the pardons and disregards schemes for people convicted of abolished same-sex offences.


In the January episode of the House of Lords Podcast, we talk to Baroness Kidron about her work to protect children online. We also discuss threats to the Union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with Baroness Taylor of Bolton and Lord Dunlop.

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Read weekly summaries of business in the House of Lords

Returning to business

The House of Lords returns to business on Monday 21 February, with detailed consideration of the Judicial Review and Courts Bill and Building Safety Bill on the agenda, plus the main debate on the Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill.