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Lords questions government on Ukraine

10 March 2022

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The House of Lords continues to press the government on its response to the invasion of Ukraine through questions, debates and legislation.

The first question on the build up of Russian forces on the Ukraine border was asked in the chamber by Lord Campbell of Pittenweem on Thursday 15 April 2021. Since then, members have pressed the government on a range of issues from selling military equipment to Ukraine to allowing a greater number of Ukrainian refugees into the UK.

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April 2022

Thursday 28 April

Members question the government following a statement on Homes for Ukraine: Visa Application Centres.

Wednesday 27 April

House of Lords questions the government following a statement on Ukraine.

Tuesday 26 April

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering questions the government on the current state of food security in the United Kingdom as a result of the war in Ukraine.

Wednesday 6 April

In Grand Committee, work away from the chamber, members debate government plans to support refugees from Ukraine. 

Tuesday 5 April

Lord Bellingham asks the government what plans they have to expand the range of lethal weapons exported to Ukraine. 

Monday 4 April

Lord Bishop of St Albans asks an urgent question on alleged war crimes in Ukraine.

Friday 1 April

Following an urgent question in the Commons, members question the government on Ukraine: Rape as a Weapon of War.

March 2022

Thursday 31 March

House of Lords questions the government on Ukraine Refugee Visas following an urgent question in the Commons. 

Wednesday 30 March

House of Lords presses the government following a statement on Ukraine.

Monday 28 March

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff asks an urgent question on the Homes for Ukraine scheme numbers. 

Thursday 24 March

Members consider further regulations relating to Russia sanctions.

House of Lords asks the government what plans they have to withdraw Gazprom Energy’s licence to operate in the United Kingdom, or to place Gazprom Energy into special administration.

Tuesday 22 March

Lord Moylan question the government on arrangements made for Ukrainian nationals who lawfully arrived in the United Kingdom on visitor visas before Russia's invasion.

In Grand Committee, work away from the chamber, members consider regulations relating to Russia sanctions.

Thursday 17 March

Viscount Stansgate quizzes the government on discussions with USA and China about Ukraine.

Wednesday 16 March

House of Lords presses the government following a statement on the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme. 

Tuesday 15 March

Lord Berkeley asks the government what plans they have to facilitate trains to the United Kingdom for refugees fleeing from Ukraine.

Monday 14 March

All remaining stages of the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill were completed and the bill became an Act of Parliament after it received Royal Assent.

Thursday 10 March

House of Lords questions the government following a statement on the latest situation in Ukraine and a question on the visa process for refugees.

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury asks the government what steps they are taking to support the provision of the BBC World Service to the people of Ukraine. 

Wednesday 9 March

Legislation

House of Lords debates the main purpose and key principles of the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill. The draft bill has been fast-tracked through Parliament in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  

Questions

Members question the government following a statement on refugee visa applications

Lord Balfe asks the government what plans they have to match charitable donations made to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Ukraine.

Tuesday 8 March

President Zelenskyy address

Members of the House of Lords join MPs in the Commons to hear from President Zelenskyy of Ukraine.  

Members of the House of Lords join MPs in the Commons to hear from President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

Nationality and Borders Bill

The House of Lords agrees to government amendments to the Nationality and Borders Bill allowing visa penalties to be extended to countries that present a risk to international peace and security, or whose actions lead or are likely to lead to armed conflict or a breach of humanitarian law. These changes were brought forward following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Questions

Lord Harries of Pentregarth questions the government on their plans to allow a greater number of Ukrainians into the UK.

Wednesday 2 March

Members question the government following a previous statement updating the House of Commons on the latest humanitarian response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

February 2022

Monday 28 February

In a private notice question granted by the Lord Speaker, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath presses the government on whether they would remove all visa restrictions for refugees coming from Ukraine.

Lords quizzes government on removing visa restrictions for refugees from Ukraine

In a private notice question granted by the Lords Speaker, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath presses the government on whether they would remove all visa restrictions for refugees coming from Ukraine.

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Friday 25 February

The House of Lords debates the situation in Ukraine. Members taking part include a former Cabinet Secretary and National Security Advisor, Defence Secretary and Secretary General of NATO.

Thursday 24 February

Members question the government after a statement in the House of Commons following confirmation that the first Russian missiles had struck Ukraine.

Lord Balfe quizzes the government on steps they are taking to encourage Ukraine to apply for NATO membership

Wednesday 23 February

Lord Browne of Ladyton asks the government what assessment they have made of the implications of the withdrawal by the United Kingdom, United States of America, and Canada, of their monitors from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

Tuesday 22 February

The House of Lords questions the government following a statement previously made in the House of Commons on the latest situation in Ukraine. This follows President Putin’s announcement that Russian troops would enter the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

January 2022

Wednesday 26 January

Members press the government on the United Kingdom’s response to the situation in Ukraine following a statement previously made in the House of Commons.

Lord Truscott asks the government what steps they are taking to ensure all parties implement the Minsk II protocol and defuse tensions over Ukraine.

Tuesday 25 January

Lord Walney asks the government what further military and non-military support they were planning to offer the government of Ukraine to deter the threat of an invasion by Russian forces.

Ukraine military support: Lords quizzes government decisions and actions

Lord Walney asks the government what further military and non-military support they were planning to offer the government of Ukraine to deter the threat of an invasion by Russian forces

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Thursday 20 January

Lord Browne of Ladyton asks the government about plans for a NATO-Russia Council in early 2022 and agreement of a full ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and separatists in eastern Ukraine

Tuesday 18 January

The House of Lords questions the government on the latest situation in Ukraine following a previous statement in the House of Commons.

Wednesday 5 January

Members debate a report from the International Agreements Committee on the credit support agreement to facilitate the development of the Ukrainian navy.

December 2021

Wednesday 8 December

Lord Coaker presses the government on their assessment of reports of 175,000 Russian troops gathering on the Ukrainian border.

Members raise concerns over military development on the Ukraine-Russia border

Lord Coaker presses the government on their assessment of reports of 175,000 Russian troops gathering on the Ukrainian border.

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November 2021

Monday 29 November

Lord Balfe, asks what plans the government have to sell military equipment to Ukraine.

April 2021

Thursday 15 April

In a private notice question granted by the Lord Speaker, Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, vice president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, asks the government what discussions they have held with NATO allies regarding the amassing of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border.

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