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Four short debates in the Lords

21 January 2022

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The House of Lords discussed social media, Qatari relations, the oil and gas industry and e-scooter safety, in four short debates on Thursday 20 January.

Lords Thursday debates 

One Thursday each month, the House of Lords holds four short debates in Grand Committee. 

On Thursday 20 January, members debated the following subjects:

Social media

Members discussed the role of social media in the deaths of UK children in a debate proposed by Baroness Kidron (Crossbench).

Qatar relations

Members discussed current relations with the Qatari government in a debate  proposed by Lord Moynihan (Conservative).

Oil and gas industry

Members discussed subsidies and licensing in the oil and gas industry in a debate proposed by Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (Green).


Members discussed the safety of e-scooters in a debate proposed by Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Conservative).

Get involved 

Watch and read  

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

Explore further information 

Read the House of Lords Library briefings for the debates:  


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

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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