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What's on in the Lords 24-28 January

21 January 2022

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This week in the House of Lords:

Members held government to account with questions on increasing the number of nurses in the NHS, reforming the UK's water industry, racism in cricket and more.

A packed week in legislation saw detailed examination of the Health and Care Bill continue, with a cap on social care costs and hospital food standards in the spotlight. Plus, courts' powers and the flaws of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act were on the agenda as line by line check of the Dissolution of Parliament Bill began.

A debate on the UK’s relationship with Afghanistan took place on Tuesday, and members discussed two ‘motions to regret’ on train driving licences and the Highway Code.

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Monday 24 January


Members questioned the government on:


Members began ‘tidy-up’ of the Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill at third reading.

The Lords also continued to examine and make changes to the Health and Care Bill at committee stage.


Train Driving Licences and Certificates – motion to regret

The House of Lords debated a change to train driving licences and certification regulations. These laws relate to train drivers with European train driving licences conducting cross-border services between the UK and France. The amendment will enable an agreement with France for the mutual recognition of train driving licences in the Channel Tunnel and immediate cross-border areas.

Lord Berkeley (Labour), put forward a ‘motion to regret’ the regulations, arguing that although the laws will provide interoperability for train drivers between Ashford and Calais, they do not extend to full EU and UK interoperability in a similar manner to drivers of Heavy Good Vehicles.


Away from the chamber in Grand Committee, members debated the report from the International Relations and Defence Committee: The UK and Afghanistan.

Tuesday 25 January


Members questioned the government on:


The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was considered at third reading, a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective and workable.

The House also started detailed examination (committee stage) of the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill.


In Grand Committee, work away from the chamber, members considered regulations on:

Wednesday 26 January

The Lords continued to examine the Health and Care Bill at committee stage.


Members questioned the government on:


Committee stage of the Health and Care Bill continued after Lords questions.

Thursday 27 January

Members questioned the government on:


The House examined the Nationality and Borders Bill at committee stage.

In Grand Committee, members debated the main purpose of the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill at second reading. The aim of this bill is to help landlords and tenants find a proportionate resolution of COVID-19 related rent debt.


Revision of the Highway Code – motion to regret

The House debated protecting road users from harm and educating the public on Highway Code changes in a ‘motion to regret’ the draft Revision of the Highway Code. This motion has been put forward by Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (Green Party). 

Friday 28 January

The House of Lords reviewed three ‘private members bills’:

Members examined the Status of Workers Bill at third reading.

The main debates on the key principles of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (Commencement of Part 3) Bill and the Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement) Bill took place at second reading.

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