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What’s on in the Lords 16– 19 May

13 May 2022

Baroness Fraser of Craigmaddie at the Humble Address

Highlights of what happened from 16-19 May:


Members raised concerns over the social security system in the context of the rising cost of living, the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and the government's annual Levelling Up report.


The House continued debating the Queen’s speech this week, including topics on the economy, energy, education, health and public services, and defence foreign affairs.

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Catch up

Monday 16 May


Members pressed the government for 40 minutes on:

Private notice question

The Lord Speaker granted an urgent question to Lord Forsyth of Drumlean (Conservative), on the governments consideration to the location of the House of Lords chamber during the restoration and renewal programme.


The debate on the Queen’s Speech continued on day 3 of 5. The main topics were the economy, energy and the environment.

Motion to regret 

As part of the debate on the Queen's Speech, members discussed the governments response to the climate and nature emergencies, in a motion to regret put forward by Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle (Green Party).

Tuesday 17 May


Members question the government for 40 minutes on:


The Lords questioned the government following a statement on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Urgent question repeat

The House questioned a government statement on the killing of Shireen Abu Aqla.


The debate on the Queen’s Speech continued on day 4 of 5 and the key topics were education, welfare, health and public services.


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

Wednesday 18 May


Members questioned the government for 40 minutes on:


The debate on the Queen’s Speech concluded and members discussed foreign affairs, defence and trade.

Thursday 19 May


Members questioned the government on:

Urgent question repeat

The Lords questioned a government statement on food price inflation.


Members debated the following committee reports:

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