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Lords debates AUKUS nuclear agreement

18 January 2022

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On Monday 17 January, members of the Lords debated the agreement between the governments of Australia, the UK and the USA (AUKUS) for the exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion information.


Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town (Labour), chair of the Lords International Agreements Committee, put forward the debate.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.

Naval Nuclear Propulsion

Members debated the new agreement to enable the 18-month scoping phase of the AUKUS submarine programme to proceed, following the announcement of the tri-lateral security and defence partnership on 15 September 2021.

Members speaking

Members speaking included:

Baroness Goldie (Conservative), Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence, responded on behalf of the government.

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Watch and read the debate

Catch up on Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcript

Explore background information

Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing.

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

Lords scrutiny of agreements

Read the House of Lords International Agreements Committee report on the AUKUS Information Exchange Agreement.

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