What’s on in the Lords 16– 19 May
13 May 2022
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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Monday 16 May
Members pressed the government for 40 minutes on:
- negotiations with the European Commission on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
- the economic situation in Sri Lanka
- the new model history curriculum
- restoring legal aid funding in social welfare law.
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.
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 human rights situation in Indian-administered Kashmir
- the impact of climate change on food security and biodiversity loss
- the effectiveness of the social security system in the context of the rising cost of living
- claims by the gambling industry that proposed gambling reforms will reduce tax revenues.
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.
In Grand Committee, work away from the chamber, members considered regulations relating to:
- agriculture and horticulture
- the importation of animals and animal products
- Contracts for Difference.
Wednesday 18 May
Members questioned the government for 40 minutes on:
- reforming the current system of appointments to the House of Lords
- supporting the heritage steam sector
- the impact of dual registration for specialist touring hauliers
- patient deaths at St George’s Hospital.
Thursday 19 May
Members questioned the government on:
- metrics used to inform the government's annual Levelling Up report
- regulating loot boxes as a form of online gambling
- health care outcomes
- export of cereals from India.
Urgent question repeat
The Lords questioned a government statement on food price inflation.
Members debated the following committee reports:
- Catapults: bridging the gap between research and industry, by the Science and Technology Committee
- Working practices: one year on, by the International Agreements Committee
- The politics of polling: an update by the Liaison Committee.
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