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House of Lords summer roundup

25 July 2022

The Houses of Parliament seen from across the Thames

Catch up on a busy start to the 2022-23 session of Parliament as the House of Lords pauses for the summer recess.

2022-23 so far

The current session of Parliament began on Tuesday 10 May 2022, when the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge presided over the State Opening of Parliament as Counsellors of State on behalf of the Queen.

To date, members of the House of Lords have raised concerns, pressed government for action and questioned decisions in debates, daily oral questions and urgent questions including:

Cost of Living

Levelling-up

Schools

  • The House began consideration of the Schools Bill with second reading on 23 May. Subsequently, members raised concerns with various provisions in the bill, including ones on the regulation and intervention in the work of academies by the government. The government agreed to remove these clauses, as well as provide defibrillators to all state-funded schools in England, following another change proposed by the Lords.
  • Members also pressed the government on improving financial education for 11-16 year olds, citizenship education, teaching of history, and the use of biometrics in schools and children’s civil liberties in oral questions.

Ukraine

Health and social care

Environment

Return to business

The House of Lords returns to business on Monday 5 September, with daily questions to government and detailed check of the Energy Bill on the agenda.

Get involved   

Watch and read debate s

All business in the House of Lords chamber and Grand Committee is streamed live online for free and transcripts in Hansard are available from around three hours after each item of business. Catch up on Parliament TV or read Lords Hansard transcripts.

Explore background information  

Find out more about the issues under discussion in authoritative and impartial briefings from the House of Lords Library.  

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

Podcast

Hear from members and staff of the House of Lords about their work and in the UK Parliament's second chamber. Recent episodes consider private members' bills, women in Parliament and the government's use of secondary legislation. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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